Internet celebrity Hayes Grier accused of uptown attack, stealing $1,200 phone

CHARLOTTE — Hayes Grier, internet personality and younger brother of Carolina Panthers quarterback Will Grier, was arrested on felony charges in Mecklenburg County on Friday afternoon.

According to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office arrest records, Grier, 21, was arrested around 2:30 p.m.

Grier is charged with assault serious bodily injury, common law robbery and felony conspiracy. He was released from Mecklenburg County’s jail at midnight Friday night. His bonds totaled $17,500.

An attorney stood in for the Davidson-native in court on Monday morning while his next court date was set.

Channel 9 has since learned that Grier’s arrest stemmed from an attack in uptown Charlotte.

According to a police report, Grier is accused of attacking a man near First and South Church streets in uptown early on July 26. Investigators said Grier beat and robbed the man, leaving the victim with serious injuries and stealing his $1,200 phone.

Channel 9 crime reporter Mark Becker spoke with a CMPD captain about the crime.

“Fortunately, we don’t believe that it’s going to be life-threatening, but the victim did sustain severe injuries,” CMPD Capt. Brad Koch said.

The victim had bruised ribs and a broken eye socket, and said Grier and Luke Foushee, 21, attacked him.

Koch said the attack happened at an uptown apartment complex after an argument over who made more money. All three had been drinking.

Several days later, the victim’s father reported that Grier and Foushee stole his son’s cellphone.

“I think it was probably more a crime of opportunity after the assault,” Koch said. “Some of the property of the victim was taken, and we later recovered near to where one of the suspects lives.”

Hayes, a popular internet personality, first became known for his Vine videos and now has a YouTube channel with more than 880,000 subscribers. He was also a contestant six years ago on the 21st season of ABC’s ‘Dancing with the Stars.’

He is the younger brother of Carolina Panthers backup quarterback Will Grier. He is also the younger brother of former Vine star Nash Grier.

Channel 9 has reached out to Grier’s team for comment.

This is a developing story. Check back with wsoctv.com for the latest.

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