Pitt junior defensive end Dayon Hayes was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor crime Sunday, Nov. 6, according to Allegheny County court documents.
The 21-year-old Hayes has been charged with simple assault, which the police report says occurred on the same date as the arrest. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Nov. 22 at 12:30 p.m. at Pittsburgh Municipal Court, courtroom 04.
According to the police report, as reported by WPXI, police were called to East Hills Drive for a dispute over a cell phone.
Hayes allegedly grabbed a woman’s hair and pulled her head back. Since the woman was wearing a wig, she was able to escape the situation. However, according to the report, Hayes then began to hold the woman’s head against a wall to hold her there.
According to the woman, she attempted to leave, but Hayes did not allow her to do so. He allegedly slammed a door on her leg in an attempt to force her to stay.
According to the Pennsylvania General Assembly legislature, a person is guilty of simple assault if he:
- Attempts to cause or intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another.
- Negligently causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon.
- Attempts by physical menace to put another in fear of imminent series bodily injury; or
- Conceals or attempts to conceal a hypodermic needle on his person and intentionally or knowingly penetrates a law enforcement officer or an officer or an employee of the correctional institution, county jail or prison, detention facility or mental hospital during the course of an arrest or any search of the person.
Simple assault is a misdemeanor of the second degree unless it’s:
- In a fight or scuffle entered into by mutual consent, in which case it is a misdemeanor of the third degree; or
- Against a child under 12 years of age by a person 18 years of age or older, in which case it is a misdemeanor of the first degree
Hayes played in Pitt’s first two games of the season against West Virginia and Tennessee before missing time due to knee surgery, but he returned to play over the last three weeks in a depth role. He has no prior criminal arrest.
Hayes played in Pitt’s most recent game against Syracuse over the weekend, prior to his arrest.
The Pitt football program has not commented yet on this situation.