Updates from Friday, June 6
Kelly Hines of TulsaWorld.com has the latest on Thomas:
Oklahoma State freshman running back Devon Thomas was charged Thursday in Tulsa County District Court with three felonies stemming from an armed robbery last week.
Thomas, 18, is scheduled to be arraigned Friday morning on charges of shooting with intent to kill, robbery with a firearm and first-degree burglary, according to court documents.
The crimes occurred on the afternoon of May 27 in the 100 block of East Madison Street in Broken Arrow, police said last week. A group of men broke into a home, forced a person there into a bedroom, threatened to shoot that person, and then waited for an acquaintance to arrive so they could rob him, police said.
Updates from Saturday, May 31
Corey Jones and Kelly Hines of TulsaWorld.com provide a synopsis of Sgt. Thomas Cooper discussing Devon Thomas' arrest:
Thomas, 18, and four others are accused of breaking into a residence, forcing a person inside into a bedroom and threatening to shoot him or her, and then waiting for an acquaintance to arrive so they could rob him, Cooper said.
When the second person arrived, the intruders at gunpoint stole his marijuana, money, shoes and clothing and instructed him to leave because they were going to “bust a cap,” the robbery victim told police. After the victim got into his vehicle, one of the robbers fired at least one round that went through the vehicle’s rear windshield and nicked the driver’s head rest, according to Thomas’ arrest report. The bullet narrowly missed the driver, the report states.
Thomas was apprehended late Wednesday in the 1100 block of North Sixth Street and denied to officers that he had brandished a firearm or fired a shot during the robbery. He was initially booked on felony complaints of armed robbery and shooting with intent to kill, but three other felony complaints of kidnapping, first-degree burglary and conspiracy to commit a felony were added Friday afternoon, Cooper said.
Big things were expected out of Oklahoma State football recruit Devon Thomas this season and in the future, but his status is very much up in the air due to a recent arrest.
According to Corey Jones of the Tulsa World, Thomas was arrested Wednesday in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma relating to an alleged armed robbery and shooting with intent to kill incident.
It is alleged that the 18-year-old native of Broken Arrow was one of at least four suspects who robbed a man of marijuana, money, shoes and clothing before firing a shot in the victim's direction.
The victim was not struck with the bullet, and Thomas reportedly denied being the gunman, per Jones.
According to Kelly Hines of the Tulsa World, Thomas has not been released from jail:
#okstate RB Devon Thomas remains jailed in Broken Arrow on $125,000 bond for two felony complaints; has not been charged yet.— Kelly Hines (@KellyHinesTW) May 30, 2014
Hines also added that this isn't the first time that Thomas has been arrested:
Just discovered #okstate RB Devon Thomas also was arrested in Broken Arrow in March on a traffic warrant.— Kelly Hines (@KellyHinesTW) May 30, 2014
Jake Trotter of ESPN also reported that the running back has a court date scheduled in June:
Just filed story on Oklahoma State RB Devon Thomas. Arraignment scheduled for June 6, where (very serious) charges could be filed.— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) May 30, 2014
Thomas was a standout star at Broken Arrow High School who 247Sports ranked as the No. 14 running back recruit in the country.
He committed to Oklahoma State back in 2012 and seemed excited about the opportunity to make an impact for the Cowboys, per Scott Wright of NewsOK.com.
I've been over to OSU a lot the last couple seasons, and the coaches were telling me a lot of stuff about their facilities and everything, so I did my research on it and found out all of it was 100 percent. Coach (Jemal) Singleton is an awesome coach. He's coached a lot of great backs over the last few years, a lot of 1,000-yard backs. ... It's close to where I live, and I like that. I'm just glad that the recruiting process is over.
The accusations levied against Thomas are significant, and one can only assume that Oklahoma State might have second thoughts about him if he is ultimately charged.
Thomas has a ton of talent, but OSU can't afford much bad publicity in the wake of an extensive expose released by SI.com regarding the football program last year.
There is no question that Thomas deserves his day in court, however, he is faced with an uphill battle. This looks bad for him regardless, but perhaps he will be able to learn from it and become a better person moving forward.
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