Five suspects have been arrested in connection with the February 24 shooting of Lady Gaga’s dog walker and the kidnapping of her two French bulldogs.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, three of the suspects — James Jackson, 18; Jaylin White, 19; and Lafayette Whaley, 27 — have been charged with attempted murder and armed robbery.
The three are alleged to be documented gang members who targeted the bulldogs due to their high value.
They were unaware that Gaga was the owner, according to the police.
Two additional defendants face charges of accessory after the fact — Harold White, 40, and Jennifer McBride, 50.
McBride reportedly returned the dogs to police two nights later, prompted by the offer of a US$500,000 (approximately $644,000) reward.
According to police, she was in a relationship with Harold White, Jaylin’s father.
Harold White, according to police, is also a gang member.
On Tuesday, detectives executed a search warrant and made the arrests. Thursday saw the filing of the charges.
According to booking records, all five suspects are being held on US$1 million (approximately $1.3 million) bail.
Two nights after they were stolen, the dogs — Koji and Gustav — were recovered unharmed. Ryan Fischer, the dogwalker, was shot once but survived.
According to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, Jackson is charged with being the gunman.
Along with the primary charges, he faces charges of assault with a firearm and concealment of a firearm in a vehicle.
“This was a heinous street crime that resulted in a serious injury to a man,” District Attorney George Gascón stated in a statement.
“We have brought extremely serious charges in this case and have faith that justice will be served appropriately as the case proceeds through the court system.”
Additionally, McBride was charged with receiving stolen property, and Harold White was charged with firearm possession.
Fischer was walking his dogs near the Sierra Bonita Avenue and Sunset Boulevard intersection at approximately 9.40 p.m. when he was approached by the armed robbers.
Fischer struggled with the two men, according to surveillance video obtained by TMZ, before being shot and collapsing to the footpath. The men absconded with the dogs in a white Nissan Altima.
Lady Gaga, who was in Italy filming House of Gucci at the time of the attack, announced the reward in an Instagram message.
“I will always love you Ryan Fischer,” she wrote. “You risked your life to fight for our family.” “You will always be a hero.”
Fischer thanked first responders and those who sent well wishes in photos posted from his hospital bed following the dogs’ recovery.
He wrote to Lady Gaga:
“Your babies have returned, and your family is complete… we did it! You have been an incredible source of support for both me and my family throughout this entire crisis.”
- Lady Gaga: Vincenzo Pinto / AFP-Getty Images file