UPDATED 5/16 10:45 p.m. ET: Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker has turned himself in to the authorities at the Miramar Police Department in Florida, the New York Post reports.
Despite the suspicions, Baker's lawyer, Bradley Cohen, maintains his client's innocence. Cohn took to Instagram shortly after Baker's arrest to claim that the situation is being blown out of proportion by the media.
"Police reports are just that, reports of what was told to them or said to them," Cohn explained. "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 judgment." He goes on to say that there is "video evidence" that will help prove Baker is innocent.
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South Florida officials issued arrests warrants on Thursday, hours after they allegedly stole cash and valuables from fellow guests during a Wednesday night cookout. The Miramar Police Department said that at some point during the gathering, Baker pulled out a semi-automatic firearm and began demanding others to hand over their money and watches. Witnesses told police Dunbar assisted in collecting the cash and items, but was not wielding a gun.
Baker allegedly ordered a third masked assailant to shoot a man who had entered the party while the robbery was taking place; though the masked individual didn't open fire, he did take the man's $25,000 Hublot watch and money. Witnesses said the three men ultimately fled the scene in three different vehicles, getting away with more than $7,000 in cash as well as an $18,000 Rolex, a $17,500 Audemars Piguet, and other valuables.
A witness told authorities he had met Baker and Dunbar two days before the incident at another party, where the two NFL players lost $70,000. Insiders told TMZ the pair had suffered the loss through various forms of gambling.
"We are aware of the situation. We have been in contact with DeAndre. We have no further comment at this time," the Giants wrote in a statement to TMZ.
The Seahawks also responded to the news in a statement to ESPN: "[We are] aware of the situation involving Quinton Dunbar and still gathering information. We will defer all further comment to league investigators and local authorities."
Each of the men have been charged with four counts of armed robbery with a firearm. Barker is facing an additional four charges of aggravated assault with a firearm.