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June 9, 2007

UT safety arrested on Saturday

Texas reserve safety Robert Joseph was arrested and booked into the Travis County Jail on Saturday morning on two charges of burglary of a vehicle.

According to a report in the Austin American-Statesman, the arrest affidavit states that Johnson was arrested in the early hours of Saturday morning after a security guard at the Omni Hotel found him inside a Mercedes that does not belong to him. The report also indicates that Joseph initially ran away from the guard, who was an off-duty Austin police officer. Joseph was located by the officer sitting inside a vehicle that belongs to a man living in Georgetown.

The Port Arthur Memorial product was charged with two Class A misdemeanors, both punishable by up to a year in state jail and a fine of up to $4,000. Joseph was still being held in the jail as of early Saturday evening.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Joseph made waves last year as a true freshman when he earned playing time early in the season. A shoulder injury derailed him down the stretch of the season, and Joseph was expected to land a spot on the two-deep during the spring season.

Texas head football coach Mack Brown suspended Joseph on Saturday afternoon and did not leave a timetable for any possible return.

"We are aware of the recent situation with Robert Joseph," Brown said. "We've talked with Robert and his family and have decided to suspend him indefinitely, pending the completion of the legal process. At this time, he will not be involved in any team functions."

If Joseph is unable to return to the team this fall, it would leave the Longhorns with only Marcus Griffin as a player that's seen any significant playing time at the safety position.


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