May 16, 2020 / 4:29 PM / 3 months ago

Giants CB Baker turns himself in to face Florida charges

FILE PHOTO: Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Deandre Baker (Georgia) on the red carpet prior to the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo

New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker turned himself in to police in Florida on Saturday morning to face four counts of armed robbery with a firearm and four counts of aggravated assault.

“Reports are correct that Deandre turned himself in this morning,” his attorney, Bradford Cohen, posted to Instagram. “I am a believer in the system and that if everything works the matter will be appropriately resolved.”

Arrest warrants were issued Thursday for Baker, 22, and Quinton Dunbar, a cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks. Dunbar, 27, faces four counts of armed robbery with a firearm.

Attorneys for both men on Friday said that witnesses signed affidavits maintaining that the two NFL players took no part in an alleged armed robbery on Wednesday night in Miramar, Fla. Cohen said Saturday that police had treated Baker fairly but that there was more to the story than authorities had been told.

“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,” Cohen’s statement further read. “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 judgment.”

It was unclear Saturday whether Dunbar also had surrendered.

Baker was drafted by the Giants in the first round (30th overall) out of Georgia in 2019. He had 61 tackles, two tackles for loss and eight pass defenses in 16 games (15 starts) as a rookie.

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