A Florida arrest warrant is out for new Seahawks CB Quinton Dunbar on four counts of armed robbery. He coolly met Seattle media hours before news broke.
Wrap your head around his one:
If the Seahawks had been on a normal schedule, new CB Quinton Dunbar would have been working out with his new teammates in Renton, and away from his home area of South Florida, where an arrest warrant was issued Thursday charging him with four counts of armed robbery for an incident Wednesday straight out of the 1980s TV crime series, Miami Vice.
And the club also wouldn’t have to deal with forehead-slapping irony of having the news break eight hours after they featured him on a Zoom conference with Seattle media, and less than 12 hours after the incident.
Dunbar and New York Giants CB Deandre Baker, the 30th overall pick in the 2019 draft, are charged by police in Miramar, FL., a suburb between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, with robbing party-goers of cash, watches and jewelry. Along with a third man, they left quickly in three cars — a BMW, a Lamborghini and a Mercedes-Benz — all poised for a fast exit.
The charges, first reported by TMZ, were confirmed by the police in a tweet.
(1/2) A warrant to arrest has been issued for Deandre Baker, of the @Giants (four counts of Armed Robbery with a Firearm and four counts of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm.) Quinton Dunbar of the @Seahawks also has a warrant to arrest for four counts of Armed Robbery with a pic.twitter.com/vDDWMjYDaO
— Miramar Police (@MiramarPD) May 14, 2020
— Miramar Police (@MiramarPD) May 14, 2020
Baker, 22 and a native of Miami who starred at Georgia, has four additional charges of aggravated assault with a firearm.
Police say they were called to the scene of an armed robbery at 12:20 a.m. after the party began around 8 p.m. Witnesses told police an argument began, Baker flipped over a table and took out a semi-automatic firearm. Under Baker’s direction, Dunbar began taking valuables from guests.
A third man, wearing a red mask, was ordered to shoot someone who just walked into the party. No guns were fired, police reported. More than $7,000 in cash was taken, along with a Hublot watch valued at $25,000 and other expensive items.
Witnesses were conflicted about whether Dunbar had a gun, although the application for the arrest warrant said that Dunbar allegedly “took money and watches belonging to the victim(s) with force; permanently depriving them of said property. In the course of committing the robbery, Quinton Disheen Dunbar was armed with a semi-automatic firearm.”
A witness told police that he met Baker and Dunbar at a party a few days earlier in Miami, where the players were said to have lost more than $70,000 gambling.
Neither player was in custody as of Thursday afternoon, although ESPN reported one player had talked with police about turning himself in.
Dunbar, 27, who grew up in the Overtown neighborhood of Miami and was a wide receiver at the University of Florida, was acquired March 23 by the Seahawks for a fifth-round draft choice. He was seen as tough competition for incumbent Tre Flowers, whose production fell off late in the season.
Dunbar started 25 games for Washington from 2015-19, but finished the last two seasons on injured reserve. He’s in the final year of a three-year, $10 million deal that he complained about after the season. He wanted a new deal or a trade. New coach Ron Rivera chose the latter. The Seahawks had not committed to extending Dunbar’s deal.
The Seahawks acknowledged the episode in a tweet.
Statement from a @Seahawks Spokesperson:
We are aware of the situation involving Quinton Dunbar and still gathering information. We will defer all further comment to league investigators and local authorities.
— Seahawks PR (@seahawksPR) May 15, 2020
Dunbar, 6-2 and 202 pounds, was considered the Seahawks’ top veteran acquisition in the off-season because of his production as an 11-game starter in Washington in 2019, prior to a hamstring injury that ended his season. Even though the Seahawks finished the regular season 11-5 and won a playoff game, the defense was ranked 26th.
The analytics site Pro Football Focus ranked Dunbar second behind the 49ers’ Richard Sherman fo 2019.
Before the trade, Dunbar in multiple interviews claimed had been “disrespected” over money by Washington and welcomed the move to Seattle.
“You just want to feel wanted at the end of the day,” he said in the Zoom conference from his Florida home, apparently just hours after the incident. “They made it their job to trade for me. That’s good enough for me, and I just hope to repay them the way I carry myself as a person and as a player.”
Dunbar definitely is wanted now.
And if the charges are true, he has lots of people to repay.