Pittsburgh man accused of stalking 9-year-old waives hearing

| Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

A man accused of stalking a 9-year-old girl in Pitcairn is scheduled to appear April 8 in front of an Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas judge.

Carlos A. Ayala, 36, of Arabella Street in Pittsburgh waived a preliminary hearing Tuesday on charges of stalking, simple assault and harassment in connection with a Feb. 10 incident on Fifth Street, according to a clerk at the Monroeville court of district Judge Jeffrey Herbst.

The paperwork for the preliminary hearing had not been completed by this edition's deadline.

The girl told Pitcairn police on the day of the incident that she had been walking with friends after school at about 3:30 p.m. on the 500 block of Fifth Street.

She said an adult man — whom she later identified as Ayala — began to follow them, according to the criminal complaint, and that the man grabbed the back of her hooded jacket.

She said she screamed, “Run,” at which point the man ran in between two houses, the complaint said.

Police confirmed Ayala was working a construction job in the neighborhood and located him the same day.

Ayala told police he saw the children walking on Fifth Street but he did not have “any interaction” with them,” according to the complaint.

Kyle Lawson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8755, or klawson@tribweb.com.

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