MIRAMAR, Fla. (CBS New York/CBSMiami) – New York Giants’ cornerback Deandre Baker, one of two NFL players wanted in connection with an armed robbery and aggravated assault turned himself in to police in Florida on Saturday morning.
Miramar police had issued arrest warrants for the 22-year-old Baker and 27-year-old Quinton Dunbar Thursday on four counts each of armed robbery with a firearm. Baker faces an additional four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, according to reports by CBS Miami.
Investigators said it all stems from an incident at a house party in Miramar Wednesday night.
One of the witnesses told police that “attendees were playing cards, video games and gambling” when an argument broke out involving Baker. The witness said Baker flipped the card game table, and then pulled out a gun as did Dunbar.
(1/2) A warrant to arrest has been issued for Deandre Baker, of the @Giants (four counts of Armed Robbery with a Firearm and four counts of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm.) Quinton Dunbar of the @Seahawks also has a warrant to arrest for four counts of Armed Robbery with a pic.twitter.com/vDDWMjYDaO
— Miramar Police (@MiramarPD) May 14, 2020
Baker, Dunbar, and two other men, one identified only as “Shy” began robbing other people at the party of thousands of dollars in cash, luxury watches, and other valuables, witnesses told investigators.
Baker’s lawyer, Bradford Cohen, says he has affidavits that will prove his client’s innocence.
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Reports are correct that Deandre turned himself in this morning. I am a believer in the system and that if everything works the matter will be appropriately resolved. Both my client and I have felt @miramarpd and the Detective working the case, were accommodating and went out of their way to assure Mr Bakers privacy during this hard time. That is not just lip service, it is fact,, and we appreciate it. This is my 23rd year in practice defending those who I feel are wrongly charged or wrongly treated. That doesn't mean that all police officers are bad or all are good. We all have jobs to do and I believe we all do them to the best of our ability. Police reports are just that, reports of what was told to them or said to them. Court is what we use to then examine those reports, investigate those claims and allow the Defendant an opportunity to confront the evidence. Don't rush to judgement.
Dunbar’s lawyer, Michael Greico, also says he has affidavits.
Cohen posted on Instagram that “We believe our client is innocent of all charges. We urge people not to rush to judgment. We have affidavits from several witnesses that exonerate my client.”
Police said the four men then fled the home in three vehicles: a Mercedes Benz, a Lamborghini, and a BMW. Witnesses said the vehicles were parked in a way that would make it easy to leave quickly, leading detectives to believe the robbery was planned. No injuries were reported.
Dunbar‘s attorney Michael Grieco said, “He did not participate in any robbery.” He said that 4 alleged victims and a witness changed their stories saying “…any robbery or assault did not involve Mr. Dunbar…” that “…he fled the home.”
Baker and Dunbar are both from Miami.
Baker was one of three first-round draft picks the Giants had last season.
“We are aware of the situation. We have been in contact with Deandre,” the Giants said in a statement. “We have no further comment at this time.”
Dunbar signed with the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent out of Florida in 2015 and was traded to the Seahawks in March.
“We are aware of the situation involving Quinton Dunbar and still gathering information,” the Seahawks said in a statement. “We will defer all further comment to league investigators and local authorities.”
Dunbar spent Thursday morning on a video conference with the Seattle media for the first time since being traded from Washington to the Seahawks in March.
“You just want to feel wanted at the end of the day. I just hope to repay them with the way I carry myself as a person,” Dunbar said on the video conference.