Charges against a former NFL player accused of perpetrating an armed robbery in South Florida were dropped after police alleged a lawyer representing the victims tried to get money from the former player in exchange blackmail for changed statements.
In May, former New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar surrendered to Broward County police after warrants were issued for the two men.
The Miami athletes were charged with carrying out an armed robbery at a cookout party in Miramar.
According to the warrant, Baker, 22, and Dunbar, 27, were attending a cookout at a Miramar home Wednesday night when a fight broke out and Baker pulled out a gun.
Baker, Dunbar and two other men began robbing other people at the party of thousands of dollars in cash, watches and other valuables, witnesses told investigators.
Both men were charged with four armed robberies with a gun. Baker faced another four attacks with a firearm.
However, prosecutors plan to drop all charges against Baker as the alleged victims and witnesses were no longer cooperative.
Instead, the court says 50-year-old William Dean, who represented the three alleged victims, has been arrested and is now being charged with extortion.
According to an arrest warrant, Dean allegedly tried to blackmail Baker by asking him to pay each of his clients $ 266,000. In return, the victims, Dean’s clients, would stop working with prosecutors or change their first affidavits to the police.
According to police, Dean Baker’s attorney said that his clients would “do anything you want as long as the money is right.”
According to prosecutors, all three victims retracted their initial statements, saying they had not had a clear view of the incident. Baker was present but was not involved in any criminal activity.