A mutual friend of NFL stars DeAndre Baker and Quinton Dunbar has been accused of orchestrating a $55,000 pay-off ‘to silence victims of their armed robbery’
Baker, 22, and Dunbar, 27, both from Miami, Florida are accused of armed robbery in Miramar on May 13
The two athletes were at a gathering in a house near Miami, playing cards when a fight broke out and Dunbar allegedly pulled a gun and ordered Baker to steal
Baker and Dunbar handed themselves in on May 16 and were bailed
Miramar police have now issued a warrant requesting access to iCloud accounts, to strengthen their warrant application, the police showed evidence of a cover-up
Dominick Johnson, a friend of Baker and Dunbar allegedly orchestrated $55,000 payout to accusers
CCTV footage shows a man bringing a bag of cash to meeting with the accusers – Johnson then DMs: ‘Got them same n****** that said they got robbed to say they didn’t’
The accused NFL pair of Quinton Dunbar [left], and DeAndre Baker [right], handed themselves to authorities in on May 16, but they were bailed after one night in jail. The pair who been accused of armed robbery, have added to the woes after they were caught trying to pay hush money to their victims
A witness told police he had been at a party with Baker and Dunbar two days earlier where they allegedly lost $70,000 gambling, the arrest warrant says.
Attorneys for the two sports stars are strongly denying the version of events in the arrest warrant, and insist they have affidavits and video evidence exonerating them.
Both men have pleaded not guilty.
The stories appears to have been shredded after the NY Daily News announced Friday that they had obtained court filings from the Broward County Clerk of Courts, detailing what appeared to be incriminating messages and evidence of a cover-up carried out on their behalf by a childhood friend.
Dominick Johnson, a nightlife promoter, writes in an Instagram message that he ‘made’ the four accusers ‘say them Boys ain’t have nothing to Do with it’, in return for $55,000.
One unnamed person contacts Johnson, nicknamed Coach, and writes: ‘Coach you got to help them ppl much as you can holla at the ppl that got rob and the other side to clear it up cause your name involved.’
Video footage and messages appear to show that Johnson supervised the payoff, meeting the four accusers on May 15 at the office of Dunbar’s attorney, Michael Grieco.
Neither of the NFL players was at the May 15 meeting, but Detective Mark Moretti of the Miramar Police Department, who submitted the warrant seeking further access to iCloud communications, revealed direct messages between Baker and Johnson on Instagram
that implicate Baker in the payoff.
‘Johnson is telling Baker to come to Dunbar Lawyer’s office,’ Moretti writes.
‘Baker replied, “Yo I’m in the city now getting cash how much to bring ?? I’m tryna get there too u ASAP.”
‘There appears to be several phone calls between Baker and Johnson.
‘Johnson appears to be nervous by telling Baker, “Yooooo these people finna leave.”‘
CCTV video evidence detailed in the warrant reportedly shows Grieco, Johnson, an unknown individual, and the four alleged victims at Grieco’s office.
Grieco is seen leaving his 24th floor office, taking the elevator to the lobby, and bringing Johnson and the four alleged victims back to his office at 2:26pm.
Johnson eventually leaves the office and meets an unknown person in the lobby, according to the warrant.
Johnson and the unknown person take the elevator up from the lobby at 2:34pm.
During that elevator ride, the unknown person removes a black bag from his shoulders, shows the open bag to Johnson, and a large quantity of money is visible.
Johnson then takes the bag.
Everyone then meets in front of Grieco’s office before going inside.
By 3:15pm, everyone has left the building.
And at approximately 4pm, Moretti says he received notification from Grieco indicating there had been a change in testimony from the victims and witness.
Johnson writes to an unnamed person on Instagram: ‘We all heading to the lawyer now to get the charges dropped I got them n****** to sign the papers.
‘Got them same n****** that said they got robbed to say they didn’t.
‘Same n****** that got robbed I made them fix that s***.’
Baker’s attorney, Bradford Cohen, recently claimed to have testimony from two witnesses that they never saw the Giants corner pull a gun or rob anyone.
But Johnson’s own written words in his Instagram direct messages also “corroborate a robbery had occurred and those who were charged were the participants,” the warrant summarizes.
However, all four victims have given sworn statements that they were paid at the office that day to recant their sworn initial statements against Dunbar by signing affidavits. Combined, the four men say they were paid a total of $55,000..
One victim says he received $30,000; a second says he received $20,000 in the lawyer’s office; and a third says he only received $5,000 and gave half the money to the fourth victim.
One of the four victims says ‘he was being directed that he didn’t see what he thought he saw’ on the night of the alleged armed robbery, the warrant states.
Baker and Dunbar turned themselves in to the Broward County main jail on May 16 and spent the overnight before being released on $200,000 and $100,000 bond, respectively.
Baker pled not guilty to four counts of armed robbery with a firearm and four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm.
Similarly, Dunbar has pled not guilty to four counts of armed robbery with a firearm.
Baker has a base salary of $1.4 million for 2020, but that does not include incentives. He earned over $6 million as a rookie in salary and his signing bonus.
Dunbar is slated to earn $3.4 million in 2020, according to Spotrac.com, but that is not fully guaranteed.