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Arrest made in Cleanthony Early robbery, shooting

Cleanthony Early, Nicolas Batum

New York Knicks’ Cleanthony Early (11) is fouled by Charlotte Hornets’ Nicolas Batum (5) in the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)


It’s been good to see the Knicks’ Cleanthony Early getting some run the last couple games, the first time he has gotten on the court for a length of time since he was shot in the leg back in December as part of a robbery.

Now an arrest has been made in that case.

The New York Daily News has the details.

The feds have arrested a Brooklyn man in connection with last year’s robbery and shooting of Knicks forward Cleanthony Early, the Daily News has learned.

Delvon Dowling, whose nickname is “Bam Bam,” was arraigned Saturday in Brooklyn Federal Court in the Dec. 30 stickup of Early, his girlfriend and their Uber car service driver outside the CityScapes Gentleman’s strip club in Maspeth, Queens....

Dowling was arrested Friday and admitted that he was part of the crew that had planned the robbery and waited outside the jiggle joint in three cars for the victims to come out. According to the complaint, Dowling claimed that he was in one of the getaway cars while his accomplices committed the robbery and that he was not the shooter.

According to the police report, this was a coordinated attack where the three cars blocked in the Uber car after following it from the club. Early turned over his wallet and valuables then was shot in the leg anyway, according to the report. Fortunately, the shot near the knee did not cause structural damage.

Obviously, there are more people involved than the man arrested. Hopefully, all of them can be brought to justice.