New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar turned themselves in to the Broward County Jail on Saturday to satisfy arrest warrants in connection to an alleged robbery in Miramar, Florida, last week.
Broward County Judge Michael Davis ruled Sunday that Dunbar be granted a $100,000 bond -- $25,000 for each of the four armed robbery charges. Baker was granted a $200,000 bond -- $25,000 each for four counts of armed robbery with a firearm and four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm.
They will be forced to relinquish their firearms and have no contact with the victims or guns. Both will be released Sunday if they post bond, as expected.
The state had asked for no bond for both men.
More details of the case were revealed in the court appearance, including that the alleged robbery occurred during an illegal dice gambling game at a Miramar house with 15 to 20 occupants in attendance. Prosecutors said they haven't identified the man in the red mask who the state claims was getting orders by Dunbar or Baker to shoot at someone. There were no shots fired.
Dunbar's lawyer, Michael Grieco, showed the judge five sworn affidavits that both sides confirmed came from the same parties (four victims and one witness) that the detectives spoke with. The prosecutor found it "suspect" that the witnesses recanted within 36 hours and that their affidavits were related directly to Dunbar.
Baker's attorney, Bradford Cohen, maintains that he has more affidavits, some that haven't been presented to the state, for "a little strategic defense issue" in the event this case goes forward. A piece of the affidavit he did present from Dominick Johnson, a friend of both parties, was presented by the state.
"At some point there was an argument that arose between some of the parties that were playing the dice game," it read. "I was never in fear for my life in any situation that happened that day and DeAndre Baker did not take any property from me and did not point a gun at anyone."
It was mentioned throughout the proceedings that Baker and Dunbar have no prior criminal history.
Despite both attorneys saying they have affidavits clearing their clients, the Miramar Police Department insisted they both turn themselves in and welcomed witnesses to add or change anything to their statement if they wished to do so. As of Saturday morning, police said none of the victims or witnesses had recanted their stories to them.
"We believe our client is innocent of all charges," Cohen said. "We urge people not to rush to judgment. We have affidavits from several witnesses that exonerate my client."
Cohen confirmed that Baker turned himself in Saturday morning in an Instagram post, writing that he is a "believer in the system."
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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.
Baker and Dunbar were wanted by police over an alleged incident that took place late Wednesday night at a party. According to the arrest warrant, Baker and Dunbar are accused of stealing money and watches with force while armed with semiautomatic firearms. It states that Baker intentionally threatened victims with a firearm.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, multiple witnesses said at one point during the incident that Baker ordered another suspect wearing a red mask to shoot an individual who was just entering the party.
Grieco said police told him they would look into perjury charges for witnesses if they were found to be lying in any of their statements to police. He also said he has been in contact with Cohen but that there are a "different set of circumstances" with Baker than with his client.
The Miramar Police Department reiterated it is not treating Baker or Dunbar differently from any other suspect.