A former Broken Arrow football star and OSU recruit says someone is blackmailing him, claiming he committed a recent robbery.
A warrant for Devon Thomas's arrest was issued Friday, accusing him of robbery and having a firearm, but Thomas said all of the accusations are bogus.
Court records show the date of the recent offenses as July 22; it would make it the third time Thomas has faced criminal charges in a little over a year, but Thomas said he was working at the time.
"I don't understand why I would do a robbery and work at the same time. Kind of doesn't really mix," he said.
Thomas might be working the gridiron as an Oklahoma State football player had he not been arrested for armed robbery in 2014 - two months after signing with the Cowboys.
In that case, Broken Arrow police said Thomas and three other men forced their way into a home and robbed a man. Thomas is set to go to trial next year on charges of first-degree burglary and armed robbery.
"Well that one's still carrying on, but, it's just bogus," he said.
Thomas said the new accusations are bogus too, and that someone is blackmailing him by blaming him for the recent robbery.
"Bring me X amount of dollars and, you know, I'll take back my accusation," Thomas said. “"If I already have a robbery case pending, it's not, if another person says, 'Hey bro, I'm going to say this,' yeah, for sure everybody's going to believe it. And the cops don't really need much of a justification to pick me up."
Thomas says he didn't know there was a warrant for his arrest until he looked at Twitter Monday morning. He said he's talking to his lawyer, and won't go to the police without him.
"I'm waiting for their call, waiting for them, 'cause they're, you know, they're checking houses for me and they're probably not going to find me at houses," he laughed.
Corporal Leon Calhoun with the Broken Arrow Police Department said they plan to release more information on the new charges once Thomas is in custody. When arrested, Thomas will face a $60,000 bond.
We called Thomas's lawyer, Jeff Fischer, for comment but have not heard back.
In addition to the two robbery arrests, Thomas was charged with possession of marijuana after being arrested near Arrowhead Park in February of this year.
Thomas was a four-star prospect his senior year at BAHS and had signed with OSU in 2014.
As for football, Thomas said he's focusing on what he has going for him right now.