New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker had handed himself over to Broward County Prison on Saturday for four armed robbery charges and four counts of assault with firearms, according to his lawyer, Bradford Cohen.
Cohen confirmed that Baker turned himself in Saturday morning at an Instagram post.
“We believe our client is innocent of all charges,” Cohen said. “We urge people not to rush to judge. We have statements from several witnesses who released my client.”
Cohen said he had some written statements from witnesses who freed Baker from error in suspected crime. He said he planned to provide video evidence to the judge in a timely manner.
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar, who is wanted on four counts of armed robbery with firearms, has not surrendered, and there has been no decision when or whether he will do so, said his lawyer, Michael Grieco.
“Nobody ran away from this,” Grieco said. “My client is innocent. I don’t want him to do a minute in jail because of this. If we decide that he will surrender, then he will. But the Miramar Police Department is committed to this case because it has become public.”
Baker and Dunbar were sought by police over alleged incidents that occurred Wednesday night at a party. According to the arrest warrant, Baker and Dunbar were accused of stealing money and forcibly monitoring when armed with semi-automatic weapons. It was stated that Baker deliberately threatened the victims with firearms.
According to the arrest warrant, several witnesses said at one point during the incident that Baker ordered another suspect to wear a red mask to shoot someone who had just entered the party.
Grieco said he submitted five sworn oaths from witnesses who freed Dunbar from error to the state attorney’s office. Grieco said this was the same witness who gave the original statement in the police report which led to the arrest warrant.
Although the two lawyers said they had a statement cleansing their client, the Miramar Police Department insisted that they both surrender and welcomed witnesses to add or change anything to their statement if they wanted to do so. On Saturday morning, police said there were no victims or witnesses who told them their stories.
Grieco said police told him they would examine allegations of perjury to witnesses if they were found lying in their statements to the police. He also said he had made contact with Cohen but there were “different circumstances” with Baker than with his client.
The Miramar Police Department confirmed that they did not treat Baker or Dunbar differently from other suspects.