Former Georgia Bulldog football star DeAndre Baker surrendered to police in south Florida over the weekend: Baker, who now plays for the New York Giants is, along with fellow NFL player Quinton Dunbar, facing armed robbery charges in Broward County Florida.
From Shaddi Abusaid, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Warrants were issued for the 22-year-old’s arrest Thursday in connection with an armed robbery that occurred at a party in Miramar, Florida, the night before, AJC.com previously reported.
The football player faces eight felony charges in connection with the incident, including four counts of armed robbery and four counts of aggravated assault, according to police.
Four people at the party told investigators they were robbed of about $70,000, and they accused Baker, fellow NFL player Quinton Dunbar and a third unidentified man of committing the crime, authorities said.
A spokeswoman for Miramar police said Baker turned himself in to the Broward County jail shortly before 10 a.m. Dunbar, who is also charged in connection with the incident, turned himself in on Saturday afternoon, she said.
During the party, an argument broke out at a table where several people were playing cards, leading to Baker and an unidentified man wearing a red mask standing up and pulling out handguns, arrest warrants allege.
The two, along with Dunbar, then allegedly robbed four men of their luxury watches and cash before driving away in separate cars. Dunbar, who plays cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks and was a wide receiver at the University of Florida, was not armed, according to the victims and witnesses.
In total, the trio are accused of stealing $12,400 in cash and Rolex, Hublot, Audemars Piguet and knockoff Richard Mille watches, worth a total of $61,100, the warrants said.
The victims speculated that the robbery was planned, since the three suspects’ vehicles — a Mercedes-Benz, Lamborghini and a BMW — were pre-positioned in a way to be able to quickly leave, the warrants said.
Baker, who is originally from Miami, played at UGA from 2015 to 2018. The Thorpe Award winner made headlines his senior year when he decided to skip the Sugar Bowl.