Coppell football star accused of threatening escort with knife

A star football player at Coppell High School is accused of threatening a woman with a knife.

Running back Charles West faces a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. His recent arrest came barely two weeks after college signing day, when he announced that after contemplating more than a dozen scholarship offers, he'd play for Brigham Young University.

Police say on Jan. 27, West hired a female escort through a website for $160 and summoned her to his Coppell home, where he lives with his family.

Investigators say West threatened the woman with a knife in the garage of the home and sexually assaulted her.

The arrest warrant affidavit states that "The complainant says she enters the garage, the suspect grabs her from behind and brandishes a large silver kitchen knife that has a black handle...the knife was placed against her neck."

"Doesn't really match her accusation, and we look forward to the time when we're allowed to evaluate that by looking to see if those accusations have reliability at all," said West's attorney, Hunt Bonneau.

The arrest affidavit points out that West gave investigators his version of what happened.  It states, "The suspect says once inside the garage, the complainant asked for payment of the $160 first and he refused..." and that later, "After the complainant left his house, her friends began knocking on the door and he did not know why so he got scared and called 911."

A relative at West's home told FOX 4 on Tuesday that the family has no comment.

We contacted BYU for a comment and are waiting for a response.

West's attorney insists the highly-sought after running back's scholarship is still intact.

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