AUSTIN -- Texas safety Robert Joseph was jailed Saturday on
two misdemeanor charges of burglary of a vehicle and has been
suspended indefinitely by the Longhorns.
Joseph, 19, was booked around 4:30 a.m. and remained in Travis
County Jail late Saturday on $6,000 bond. He was arrested after
running from a security guard who found Joseph sitting in a car
that didn't belong to him at a downtown hotel, according to his
"We are aware of the recent situation with Robert Joseph,"
Texas head coach Mack Brown said in a statement. "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."
Joseph is the second Texas player arrested this month. On June
1, junior defensive end Henry Melton was arrested and charged with
misdemeanor driving while intoxicated.
According to the arrest affidavit, Joseph was spotted in a car
by an off-duty Austin police officer working security at a hotel
parking garage. Joseph told the officer the car belonged to a
friend, but then fled as the officer tried to verify the owner's
A short time later, Joseph was arrested after the officer found
him sitting in another car, the affidavit states.
"Hopefully, we'll find that the reason behind this didn't
involve criminal behavior," Jamie Balagia, Joseph's attorney, told
the Austin American-Statesman.
Joseph, a sophomore, played in seven games last season but
missed the last six with a shoulder injury. He had 14 tackles as a
backup safety and special teams player.