Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker will be released from prison in Broward County, Fla. after he posts bail that was set at $200,000 Sunday morning for his alleged involvement in an armed robbery at a house party in the Miami area last week.
A judge hit Baker with a $25,000 bond for each of the eight counts against him. Baker has a permit for a firearm, which he must surrender to authorities within 48 hours. He is not allowed to have any contact with any of the victims and he is not permitted to leave the state of Florida at this time. The judge said that ruling can be modified at a later date if work requires Baker to leave the state. So, Baker might be able to attend the Giants’ offseason program or training camp if the team facility opens up this summer.
Baker, 22, turned himself in Saturday morning after a warrant for his arrest was issued Thursday following an incident late last Wednesday night in the Miami area. Baker is facing four counts of armed robbery with a firearm and four counts of aggravated assault.
Baker, Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar and two others are accused of ripping off $12,800, pricey Swiss watches — including an $18K Rolex, $25K Hublot, and a $17,500 Audemars Piguet — along with other valuables at a Miramar house party. Baker and Dunbar, 27, were allegedly armed with semi-automatic weapons, police said.
Dunbar was released with a $100,000 bond — $25,000 apiece for each of his four armed robbery counts — with no access to firearms and with the stipulation he reports to pretrial hearings on the phone.
Baker’s lawyer, Bradford Cohen, insisted early Saturday on Instagram that there is substantial evidence that will exonerate his client.
“We will be presenting the trove of evidence we have obtained over the past 3 days to the judge at the right time,” Cohen wrote. “Seven affidavits exonerating my client and video evidence.”
Witnesses told police it was Baker who allegedly pulled out a gun after a fight broke out. He, Dunbar and two other men began robbing people, police have said.
At one point, Baker, a Miami native, allegedly ordered another suspect wearing a red mask to shoot an individual who was just showed up for the bash, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
Under Florida law, Baker, if found guilty of wielding a semi-automatic weapon, could face a mandatory minimum of 15 years for each of the four armed robbery charges.
“We believe our client is innocent of all charges,” Cohen said. “We urge people not to rush to judgment.”
Baker’s four-year contract with New York is worth $10.52 million with over $9 million guaranteed. The Giants could void a portion of that if he’s found guilty, since they have a conduct clause.
Two days before the party, Baker and Dunbar lost about $70,000 while gambling at a party in the Miami area, the affidavit says.
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