Report: Warrant shows payoff cover-up by DeAndre Baker, Quinton Dunbar

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The case against Giants cornerback Deandre Baker and Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar does not appear to be going away as quickly as their lawyers have predicted for weeks. In fact, things now appear even more complicated for the players.

A warrant obtained by Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News cites evidence, including video footage and direct messages, that allegedly show witness Dominic Johnson oversaw payoffs of the four alleged victims at the office of Dunbar’s attorney, Michael Grieco.

Baker and Dunbar stand accused of taking cash and expensive jewelry at gunpoint from other attendees at a May 13 house party in Miramar, Florida.

Johnson, the witness referred to as “Coach” in the original arrest warrant, allegedly wrote a series of incriminating direct messages on his Instagram account, @powerballnick_305, on May 16, per Leonard. Johnson corroborates “a robbery had occurred and those who were charged were the participants,” the warrant summarizes.

The four victims said they were paid a total of $55,000 to recant their sworn initial statements against Dunbar. Alleged direct messages between Baker and Johnson on Instagram implicate Baker in the payoff, Miramar police detective Mark Moretti revealed in the latest warrant.

“Johnson is telling Baker to come to Dunbar Lawyer’s office,” Moretti writes, via Leonard. “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,” the warrant continues. “Johnson appears to be nervous by telling Baker, ‘Yooooo these people finna leave.’”

CCTV video evidence shows Grieco, Johnson, an unknown individual and the four alleged victims at the attorney’s office on May 15 appearing to make the payoff, according to Leonard.

“On 5/15/20, I was contacted by Michael Grieco, attorney for Dunbar, stating the victims and witness have recanted their sworn/recorded statements against Dunbar,” the warrant reads. “However, I also want the court to be aware that all five individuals have been threatened and have expressed extreme concern to me regarding their safety. One of the individual(s) was forced to move out of his apartment. The other was receiving texted messages containing pictures of his passport, the same passport that was stolen during the robbery.”

Baker, 22, and Dunbar, 27, were taken into custody May 16 and spent the night in the Broward County Jail before being released on $200,000 and $100,000 bond, respectively.

Baker pleaded not guilty to four counts of armed robbery with a firearm and four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, and Dunbar has pleaded not guilty to four counts of armed robbery with a firearm.

49 responses to “Report: Warrant shows payoff cover-up by DeAndre Baker, Quinton Dunbar

  1. Mr. Grieco is in big trouble if this is verified. Bye bye law license. His client will be in even bigger trouble.

  2. Good Lord. Washington doesn’t look so stupid after all for moving on from Dunbar.

  3. Wow: this is so messed up, if true. Seahawks can not just sit back and wait to see how this turns out. They need Dunbar to come clean with them or cut the cord, immediately.

  4. Imagine if he still played for Washington…dont believe there is that much hate in the world!!!

  5. The Seahawks are coming across way to many of these players. The Seahawks players are marching against police brutality but they just keep bringing in players like this and the squeaky clean Russell Wilson wants them to add Antonio Brown. I’m happy I was able to opt out of my seats this season and stay out of the horrible place Seattle has become.

  6. Seems kind of counterproductive — To rob someone and then turn around and pay them off.

  7. Talk about getting to know your clients — Attorney Grieco can spend years in prison with Baker and Dunbar.

  8. Really confused as to how these multimillionaire athletes decided that it was a good idea to rob people at gunpoint.

  9. Gosh darn social media, when will you people ever learn. And by you people, I mean people on social media. Just thought I would clarify that. Social media and cell phones, worst inventions of all time


  10. this is what happens when you pay one guy 30k, another guy 20k, and the other two split 5k.

    Bound to get snitches.

  11. Just waiting for the lawyers to give the cliche “this is a set up” speech like they always do, proving again that lawyers are sometimes bigger pieces of scum than the men/women they defend, whether it’s their job or not.

  12. Will they still claim that they are innocent and victims of a set up?
    Can’t wait for their next legal defense strategy. These guys are creative.

  13. and here is the typical mental capabilities of NFL players that many fans are now walking away from….sadly
    they think they can get a lawyer to pay someone off and it never happened.
    good grief

  14. Coming out of college, I recall Joe Vitale I believe laughing off guys like Todd Mcshay saying there are “character concerns” with Mr. Baker. Plenty of others did too. Hmmmmm.

  15. Doesn’t sound good, but this thing has been a whoopie cushion from the very beginning. Who knows, maybe the NFL players were the victims of a shakedown themselves. Both players have access to money and could be flight risks, but the courts have let them go to their training camps. Would they let armed robbers do that? Only thing to do is to let the legal system play out and hopefully they will get to the truth.

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