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QNS/Photo by Anthony Giudice; inset via Twitter/@wcknicks
QNS/Photo by Anthony Giudice; inset via Twitter/@wcknicks

Three more suspects have been indicted in connection to the robbery of New York Knicks player Cleanthony Early nearby a Maspeth strip club in December of 2015, according to court reports.

Johan Antney, 26 of Queens, Dashawn Tejada, 26 of Brooklyn and Shaqueel Walker, 25 of Queens were arraigned on Tuesday, May 2 on counts of conspiracy to commit robbery, robbery and using firearms during crimes of violence.

On Dec. 30, 2015, Early, 26, and his girlfriend were robbed at gunpoint after leaving in an Uber from Maspeth’s CityScapes Gentlemen’s Club on 58th Street near 55th Drive. Four suspects followed Early’s Uber in three cars from the club to the corner of Tyler and Maurice avenues.

The suspect’s cars surrounded the Uber and the crooks confronted Early while inside the car, demanding his property. Early complied, but one of the suspects shot Early in the kneecap before fleeing with the other suspects.

Early was treated for his injuries at Elmhurst Hospital; his girlfriend was not injured.

On April 27, Antney, Tejada and Walker were arrested. According to court reports, Antney has been convicted of attempted burglary in the second degree and was out on parole at the time of this crime. Tejada has two cases pending in Kings County Supreme Court, both of which concern the discharge of a firearm. Walker has no prior convictions, however he has a bench warrant in Carbon County, Pennsylvania for failing to appear to face charges concerning possession of burglary tools.

On April 1, the fourth suspect Delvon Dowling, 23, was picked up and arrested at his home in Brooklyn for unrelated charges. According to court reports, Dowling waived his Miranda rights and admitted to his involvement in the robbery. Dowling said that the group conspired to commit robbery that evening. Dowling also admitted that he was aware that his co-conspirators had firearms during the robbery, during which Dowling said he was waiting near one of the vehicles.

Dowling entered a guilty plea to being an accessory to an armed robbery after the fact. Dowling faces up to 10 years in prison.


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