June 2020 shooting into agent’s home remains unsolved

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NFL agent Damarius Bilbo and his family had a crime committed against them in June of last year. The crime remains unsolved, and the name of a former Bilbo client appears without explanation or context in the official incident report.

On June 29, someone fired shots into Bilbo’s home in Dunwoody, Georgia. Bilbo’s wife and their 12-year-old son were present during the shooting.

All information regarding the situation comes from the official incident report, which PFT obtained on Friday from authorities in Dunwoody.

On June 29, Bilbo called police at approximately 11:05 p.m. ET. Bilbo said that “someone shot through his home.”

The responding officer found that a 9 mm bullet had “traveled through the center window frame, through the home’s playroom drywall, through another wall in the 2nd floor hallway, and into the corner of a subsequent wall into the top frame.” Bilbo’s wife told the officer that “she had thought she had heard fireworks until she observed the bullet hole in the wall by the chandalier [sic] above the front door entrance.”

Bilbo’s son told police that he saw a four-door gold sedan pull up to the front of the yard, and that he saw a Black male in a gray hoodie walk onto the lawn. After Bilbo’s son heard the bullet go into the home, the person “jumped back into the vehicle and the vehicle immediately took off.”

The responding officer recovered a 9 mm shell casing from the scene.

Bilbo and his wife “advised that they have no known enemies or ongoing feuds with friends, acquaintances, neighbors, or co-workers.”

Flock cameras in the area spotted one vehicle entering the subdivision during the time that shooting happened. The vehicle, a KIA Optima LX, was registered to Angelica Tyese Brown.

The second page of the report contains an “Additional Name List.” In addition to Angelica Tyese Brown, five other persons are named: Ray Brian Gibson; Xavier Dewayne Howard-Arriola, Leonardo Kenyun Underwood, Deandre Jermaine Fluellen, and Calvin Eddie Booker. (Gibson is listed as having the same address as Angelica Tyese Brown.)

The name Xavier Dewayne Howard-Arriola won’t ring a bell. The first name was misspelled; it should be “Xavien.” And Xavien Dewayne Howard-Arriola is the full, formal name of Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard.

Bilbo previously represented Howard. Bilbo currently does not represent Howard. David Canter currently does.

The seven-page report provides no information as to the reason for Howard appearing in the list of additional names. The report likewise provides no information as to the reason for the presence of Gibson, Underwood, Fluellen, and Booker’s names.

The absence of an explanation for the presence of five additional names in the original incident report suggests that the investigative file contains other information explaining the connection. However, the City of Dunwoody provided only the incident report, with records clerk Eric Shealy explaining in an email to PFT that “[a]s this is an open case . . . I am unable to release anything beyond the initial incident report at this time.”

Shealy also pointed out in his email to PFT that “all sensitive information [in the incident report] has been redacted.” One specific redaction could be a clue that there’s more in the file that explains Howard’s potential connection to the case: Howard’s home telephone number in Davie, Florida appears in the report unredacted; his mobile number, however, was redacted. This suggests that someone possibly was calling or texting Howard at his mobile number, and that his mobile number was therefore regarded as sufficiently sensitive to be redacted. (That last part, obviously, is speculation based on the information that was, and wasn’t, redacted from the incident report before it was sent to PFT.)

Contacted by PFT on Friday night, the Dolphins had no comment on the matter. Howard’s lawyer, Darren Heitner, provided this statement to PFT: “Xavien was not involved in the incident. There’s absolutely no evidence to support otherwise.”

Again, the City of Dunwoody characterizes the case as “open.” Whether it will be closed with or without someone being arrested or charged for firing a gun into Bilbo’s house remains to be seen.

24 responses to “June 2020 shooting into agent’s home remains unsolved

  1. well, those additional names werent just pulled out of thin air BUT unless someone loses their grip and talks, then this is going nowhere.
    who would think being a sports agent would be a career choice that gets your house shot thru with your family there.
    oh how times they are a changing

  2. Xavien is currently unhappy with his contract that made him the highest paid CB at the time. I hope he had nothing to do with this, but there is certainly enough here to have me extremely worried…

  3. It’s one of those kinda deals where if you connect the dots it would appear that Howard is involved… however, due to his ridiculous wealth, he’ll never come remotely close to getting indicted.

  4. His name might be Bilbo but with regard to his list of NFL players he’s no Lord of the Rings.

  5. Perhaps I have a misconception of the industry, but I guess I always assumed this was a pretty standard event for hollywood and sports agents.

  6. Damarius Bilbo has the best football name since Barkevious Mingo. They ought to form a comedy team.

  7. jasons81 says: “It’s one of those kinda deals where if you connect the dots it would appear that Howard is involved”
    —————

    NO, IT DOES NOT. For all we know, Howard could’ve just been on the phone talking/texting with his agent at the time of the shooting, hence his name showing on the INCIDENT REPORT.

  8. finfanjim says: “Xavien is currently unhappy with his contract that made him the highest paid CB at the time. I hope he had nothing to do with this, but there is certainly enough here to have me extremely worried…”
    ——————–

    ONE MAJOR HOLE in your conspiracy theory. Howard signed the contract in May 2019, and was INJURED for most of the 2019 season after the Pittsburgh game in October.

    This shooting occurred in June 2020 AFTER the 2019 season in which he only played 5 games. He was NOT “unhappy” with his contract at that time of the shooting.

  9. Glad no one was hurt….That said there’s more to this story that you and I will never find out.

  10. akira1971 says:
    February 20, 2021 at 2:50 pm
    jasons81 says: “It’s one of those kinda deals where if you connect the dots it would appear that Howard is involved”
    —————

    NO, IT DOES NOT. For all we know, Howard could’ve just been on the phone talking/texting with his agent at the time of the shooting, hence his name showing on the INCIDENT REPORT.

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    chefboyd says:
    February 20, 2021 at 2:58 pm
    finfanjim says: “Xavien is currently unhappy with his contract that made him the highest paid CB at the time. I hope he had nothing to do with this, but there is certainly enough here to have me extremely worried…”
    ——————–

    ONE MAJOR HOLE in your conspiracy theory. Howard signed the contract in May 2019, and was INJURED for most of the 2019 season after the Pittsburgh game in October.

    This shooting occurred in June 2020 AFTER the 2019 season in which he only played 5 games. He was NOT “unhappy” with his contract at that time of the shooting.——–
    Why not just POST your whole COMMENT under one NAME?

  11. How is this not solved? Have a Grand Jury subpoena the lovely Angelica Tyese Brown (first) and later her “roommate” Ray Brian Gibson (if needed), and ask them who took the car that night.

  12. They likely already know who did it. They’re just protecting witnesses. You think there will never be another Aaron Hernandez? Think again.

  13. chefboyd says:
    ONE MAJOR HOLE in your conspiracy theory. Howard signed the contract in May 2019, and was INJURED for most of the 2019 season after the Pittsburgh game in October.

    This shooting occurred in June 2020 AFTER the 2019 season in which he only played 5 games. He was NOT “unhappy” with his contract at that time of the shooting.

    __________________

    Ok, whatever you say Mr. caps lock. However,the major hole in your theory is that he was, in fact, unhappy with his contract in June 2020 because Bryon Jones was signed by the dolphins for 5 years and 82 million in March of 2020. So not only was he not the highest paid cornerback in the league anymore (he is now 6th) he wasn’t even the highest paid cornerback on his team! Then all this happened 3 months later and he fired his agent at some point around this time. Add to the fact that his name is on the police report. Where there is smoke there is fire. There is currently a lot of smoke coming from the general direction of Xavien Howard. No matter how big of a dolphins fan boy you are or how many caps locked comments you make.

  14. Maybe the investigation was delayed by the pandemic. Maybe they need more evidence for a conviction than just the car involved. At the very least, confiscate the car.

  15. Well we all know how it works. One set of rules for you and I and the other for rich, hollywood, sports stars….nothing is ever going to happen here and it’ll be forgotten about in a month.

  16. Man I sure hope when they pull the mobile phone location data that his phone doesn’t show up near that location around that time.

  17. The best football name is Frosty Rucker. Remember Frosty Rucker?
    Buster Posey in MLB, best name.
    Joe Panec, MLB reliever, great name.
    Don’t forget Bronko Nagurski.

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