He’s accused of robbing someone he knew. Police say his arrest didn’t come easily.

Decedric Damitchael Keller
Decedric Damitchael Keller

A man accused of robbing an acquaintance of cash during a fight on Christmas Day hid from police when they tried to arrest him, a police spokesman said.

Decedric Damitchael Keller, 24, faces a robbery charge following his arrest Thursday night.

But his arrest didn’t come quickly.

Keller hid in a house and refused to come out, Gulfport Police Sgt. Clayton Fulks said.

The victim had called police to the 1700 block of 42nd Avenue on Christmas Day and said Keller fought him, striking him with his hands and stole his money. Police obtained an arrest warrant but couldn’t immediately find Keller.

Officers responding to a domestic complaint in the same neighborhood on Thursday night found Keller after he hid from police in a home and refused commands to turn himself in, Fulks said.

Police soon found Keller and took him into custody on the felony. They also arrested him on a misdemeanor charge of disobeying lawful orders.

Justice Court Judge Melvin Ray set Keller’s bond at $50,000.

Keller was booked at the Harrison County jail early Friday.

Robbery is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews