In stunning news Thursday night, arrest warrants from the Miramar Police Department were issued for New York Giants’ cornerback DeAndre Baker and Seattle Seahawks’ CB Quinton Dunbar in connection to an armed robbery Wednesday night in South Florida.
Baker, a first-round pick with the No. 30 overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, is wanted on four counts of armed robbery with a firearm and four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm. Dunbar is facing four counts of armed robbery with a firearm.
At a party in Broward County on Wednesday night, the warrant alleges that attendees were cooking out, eating, playing cards, video games and gambling. Witnesses said that an argument started at the card table, prompting Baker and a third person to flip over the table and pull out guns.
According to the police report, Baker and the other individual pointed their semi-automatic firearms at party attendees, with Baker instructing Dunbar and the other man to take money and belongings from individuals at the party.
Witnesses allege that Baker, Dunbar and the other man proceeded to take cash and high-priced watches from the partygoers. When an individual arrived at the party while all this was going on, the report alleges that Baker told the other man to shoot the individual who had just entered the residence.
One victim claimed he was robbed of $800 and a Rolex watch valued at $18,000. Another said he had $7,000 cash and a $25,000 Hublot watch taken from him. Another victim, who said he met Baker and Dunbar at a different party Monday in Miami where Baker and Dunbar lost about $70,000, claimed Baker stole $4,000 cash and a $17,000 watch from him.
The witness who arrived later at the party and was immediately threatened told police he was under the impression the robbery was planned out because the three cars (Mercedes Benz, Lamborghini and a BMW) that Baker, Dunbar and the unidentified man left in were positioned to expedite an immediate departure from the area.
There were conflicting accounts from witnesses as to whether or not Dunbar was armed during the alleged crime.
Another witness, Dominick Johnson, told police he grew up with Baker and Dunbar in Miami. He wasn’t threatened or robbed. Police used his phone to contact Baker, but Baker wouldn’t speak to the officer and terminated the call.
As of early Friday afternoon, none of the suspects had surrendered yet. A Miramar PD spokesperson told ESPN that representatives for at least one of the players had been in discussions with police about turning himself in.
Dunbar, 27, went undrafted out of the University of Florida where he played wide receiver. Dunbar signed with the Washington Redskins and moved to cornerback. He played five seasons for the Redskins, starting 25 games, including 11 in 2019.
Dunbar has nine career interceptions, including six over the past two years. Washington traded him to Seattle for a fifth-round pick in March.
He was introduced to the Seattle media on Thursday in a teleconference before the warrant was issued. Dunbar told Seattle reporters, “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.”
The Seahawks have released a statement that they are “aware of the situation involving Quinton Dunbar and still gathering information. We will defer all further comment to league investigators and local authorities.”
Baker had 55 tackles as a rookie in 2019, but he gave up seven touchdowns as the nearest defender. According to Next Gen Stats, those seven TDs were the fourth-most allowed in the NFL.
Baker’s rookie contract was worth a guaranteed $9 million, including a $5.675 million signing bonus.
Dunbar inked a three-year, $10.5 million contract with Washington in January of 2018. He is due a base salary of $3.25 million from the Seahawks in 2020.