17-year-old charged in assault on Greek Orthodox priest

Photo: Mecklenburg County Jail 

A south Charlotte teen has been charged in an assault on a Greek Orthodox priest, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. 

CMPD said Steve Dalber was punched and hit with a car in the parking lot of St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church on Friday night. The church said in an update on its website that the priest was looking for his cellphone at the time.

According to jail records, the 17-year-old male was booked early Saturday on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, felony hit-and-run and simple assault.

Authorities have not released a possible motive.

The church says Dalber sustained a broken arm and back injury, but does not require surgery at this time. He remained hospitalized as of Sunday.