NFL players DeAndre Baker and Quinton Dunbar are awaiting release on a surety bond after turning themselves in to the Broward Sheriff's Office Saturday.
Baker’s bond was set at $200,000 in a court appearance in Broward County on Sunday morning while Dunbar’s bond was set at $250,000. Both must submit any firearms to police within 48 hours.
“Bond granted,” wrote Baker’s attorney Bradford Cohen in a post on Instagram Sunday morning. “Typically in these cases defendants are held no bond, the judge however took into account everything including affidavits and released both Baker and Dunbar.”
Baker and Dunbar, were wanted on charges of armed robbery and assault in Miramar.
Miramar Police issued a warrant for the arrest of Baker and Dunbar on Thursday for allegedly threatening people with a handgun at a party Wednesday and then robbing them, according to a police report.
The pair had allegedly been gambling at a party days before, a victim told police in the report. The report went on to say they had lost $70,000 at that party.
At the Miramar party on Wednesday, the pair allegedly stole thousands of dollars in cash and luxury-brand watches from the victims, the report said. Baker, 22, was allegedly armed with a semi-automatic firearm during the incident and faces four counts of armed robbery and aggravated assault with a firearm. Dunbar, 27, also faces four counts of armed robbery with a firearm.
“Police reports are just that, reports of what was told to them or said to them," said Cohen in the post. "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.
“We have had affidavits from several witnesses that also dispute the allegations and exculpate our client,” Cohen added. “Our investigator has had them for some time. We would have rather presented them to the court at the proper time, rather than in the media, but in this day and age, people rush to judgement. Where some seek publicity, we seek justice. I look forward to moving this case forward to proper conclusion, as we believe our client is innocent of any charges.”
The attorney for Dunbar said he has five signed affidavits from witnesses that exonerate his client of the armed robbery.
Grieco told The Associated Press on Friday that the five witnesses attested that Dunbar was not involved in the robbery. Grieco said the affidavits were presented to prosecutors in Broward County.
“Law enforcement and the state attorney’s office are both now aware that my client is innocent,” Greico said.
Witnesses told police that the commotion broke out around 11 p.m. at a table where Baker was playing cards. Baker and someone known as “Shy” allegedly flipped the table, pulled out guns and started pointing them at people. According to multiple witnesses, Baker threatened people there with his gun as he took cash and luxury watches from them and directed others to do the same.
One of the men with him wore a red face mask, witnesses told police in the report.
Among the $73,500 in valuables they took from victims: an $18,000 Rolex watch, a Hublot watch valued at $25,000, an Audemars Piguet watch valued at $17,500, a $600 Richard Mille knock-off watch, and at least $12,400 in cash from four victims.
Two victims told police the stick-up appeared to have been planned. Why? The men allegedly took off in separate cars — a Mercedes Benz, a Lamborghini and a BMW — that were pre-positioned outside the house in a formation that would have primed their quick getaway.
The NFL, Giants and Seahawks issued statements that said they were aware of the situation. The NFL declined to comment further. The Giants said they were in contact with Baker, and the Seahawks said they were still gathering information and would defer further comment to league investigators and local authorities.
Baker was the Giants’ first round pick in the 2019 draft and started 15 games last season. He graduated from Miami Northwestern High School in 2015 and went on to attend the University of Georgia.
New York selected Baker 30th in the 2019 draft.
Dunbar, meanwhile, is a 2010 graduate of Miami’s Booker T. Washington High School and graduated from the University of Florida in 2015 before becoming one of the most sought undrafted free agents, signing with the Washington Redskins on a three-year deal worth $1.57 million.
Dunbar was traded to the Seattle Seahawks in March for a fifth-round selection in April’s draft.
He is a cousin of former University of Miami star Denzel Perryman, now a linebacker for the Los Angeles Chargers.
Information from the Associated Press contributed to this report.