Former Pirate Herb Pope charged with bank robbery

Seton Hall Athletics

Seton Hall Athletics

Onetime Seton Hall men’s basketball player Herb Pope has been charged with robbing a bank last month in Sewickley, Pa.

The news was first reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  

A native of Aliquippa, Pa., Pope and another man – Tyler Bridges – were allegedly armed with handguns when they stole more than $3,500 from Sewickley Savings Bank on Feb. 12, according to an Allegheny County Police criminal complaint cited by the Post-Gazette. Pope will head to trial facing charges of robbery, conspiracy, reckless endangerment and a firearms violation.

Upon searching the home of Bridges, investigators reportedly found two handguns, a black ski mask, black gloves and some of the stolen money, which was identified by the serial numbers.

Pope was arrested on Feb. 17 and has been in the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail ever since.

Pope spent one season at New Mexico State before transferring to Seton Hall where he would play for the Pirates from 2009-2012. He graduated as one of six players in Seton Hall history to record more than 1,100 points and 900 rebounds. He played overseas following his collegiate career.

Pope became a fan favorite at SHU after battling back from a near-death scare involving his heart in 2010. He had been around the team earlier this season and has made at least one appearance as a fan at the Prudential Center.

This is not the first time Pope has gotten in trouble with guns. He allegedly pulled a gun on someone at a Pittsburgh-area bar in 2013, according to a report by NBC Sports.

Gary Phillips can be reached at or on Twitter @GaryHPhillips.


Author: Gary Phillips

Gary Phillips is a journalism major at Seton Hall University where he serves as Editor-in-Chief of The Setonian. In addition, Phillips is also a columnist at FanRag Sports and a contributing writer for Jets Wire. He has also interned at CNBC and The Bergen Record and written for Bleacher Report and Double G Sports, in addition to freelance work. You can follow Phillips on Twitter @GaryHPhillips and see all of his work at

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