A documented gang member on probation for burglary was arrested by police after he ran from officers and was found hiding in a doghouse.
Robert Triplett, 18, was arrested about midnight on Friday in the 100 block of East 14th Street on suspicion of criminal trespassing, resisting arrest and aggravated assault on a police officer.
Police were patrolling the area near Center Street and McClellan Drive when they passed a vehicle Triplett was a passenger in, and he tried to hide his face, according to officers. One of the officers recognized Triplett as being on probation for burglary so they followed the car.
The car pulled into a driveway and Triplett jumped out and ran into the doghouse in the backyard, according to police.
When police discovered Triplett hiding and tried to apprehend him, he punched one of the officers in the face, cutting his eye, according to police.
When officers asked Triplett why he ran, he said, “That’s what I do. I’m a gangster.”