Los Angeles cops re-arrested a man involved in the shooting of Lady Gaga’s dog walker, they said on Wednesday, nearly four months after the gunman was erroneously set free from jail.
James Howard Jackson, 19, was on the lam for attempted murder when he was apprehended for the second time in Palmdale, Calif. after a massive multi-agency manhunt, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The “armed and dangerous” fugitive was on the run for attempted murder after he was released from jail by mistake on April 6.
His victim, Ryan Fischer, was shot in the chest and suffered a collapsed lung during the 2021 pups-for-cash kidnapping scheme on Lady Gaga’s dog.
The trio took off with two of the dogs, Koji and Gustav. An accomplice returned two days later in hopes of getting the $500,000 reward that the pop star promised for their safe return.
Jackson was arrested alongside Jaylin White, 19, and Lafayette White, 27, in April 2021. They were each slapped with charges of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and robbery in the crime.
Two others, Harold White and Jennifer McBride, were charged as accessories after the fact: McBride acted as the person who found the dogs.
Investigators said the suspects were unaware the Frenchies — which can fetch thousands on the black market — belonged to the “Born This Way” singer and had targeted the dogs purely for their resale value.
However, police believe the suspected dognappers freaked out over all the publicity surrounding Gaga’s lost pooches — and gave up the dogs while trying to cash in on the hefty reward.
Jackson was freed from the Los Angeles jail when a clerical error showed the initial charges against him had been dropped in the jail’s system. The charges should have been replaced by a superseding grand jury indictment that was never entered into the system, reports said.
The US Marshals Service was offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to Jackson’s arrest after the agency was asked to get involved by the LA County Sheriff’s Department.