Five people were arrested this week in connection with the shooting of Lady Gaga’s dog walker and theft of two of her French bulldogs in Hollywood two months ago, including the woman who returned the canines, authorities announced Thursday.
James Jackson, 18, Jaylin White, 19 and Lafayette Whaley, 27, have been charged with attempted murder and robbery by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office; Harold White, 40, and Jennifer McBrine, 50, were each charged with accessory after the fact to attempted murder.
“This was a brazen street crime that left a man seriously wounded,” District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement. “We have alleged very serious charges in this case and have faith that justice will be appropriately served as this case unfolds in court.”
All five were taken into custody after search and arrest warrant were issued Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Jackson, Jaylin White and Whaley are alleged to have been involved in the robbery and shooting of the victim, Ryan Fischer, in the area of Sierra Bonita Avenue and Sunset Boulevard on the night of Feb. 24, a police news release stated.
Two of the suspects — police did not specify which men — got out of a vehicle and at gunpoint demanded Fischer turn over the three dogs he was walking, according to LAPD.
A struggle ensued during which time Fischer was shot and injured. He survived what he later described as “a very close call with death.”
The suspects got away with two of the dogs.
Lady Gaga, who was in Rome at the time filming a movie, offered a $500,000 for the safe return of her dogs.
Two days after the robbery, the stolen Frenchies were dropped off at the LAPD’s Olympic Community Police Station by a woman. Police identified her as McBride and said she had a relationship with White, the father of one of the suspects.
“McBride reported that she found the dogs and responded to the reward email to return the dogs,” the release stated.
The four men are all documented gang members from Los Angeles.
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