Five people face charges after police say they stole Lady Gaga’s pups and shot of her dog walker.
The alleged robbery happened in February in Los Angeles and on April 29 police announced they arrested the suspects. Those charged were:
- James Jackson, 18, charged with attempted murder.
- Jaylin White, 19, charged with attempted murder.
- Lafayette Whaley, 27, charged with attempted murder.
- Harold White, 40, charged with accessory to attempted murder.
- Jennifer McBride, 50, charged with accessory to attempted murder.
Los Angeles police stated they do not believe the dogs and victim were targeted because of Lady Gaga, but because the suspects knew the value of the French Bulldogs they stole. The dogs were returned later returned.
Police said McBride was the woman who said she found the dogs and responded to a possible reward. In the days after the incident, Lady Gaga offered a reward of $500,000 for the dogs’ safe return, no questions asked.
The dogs were being walked by Ryan Fischer at the time of the robbery. The suspects approached Fischer in a white Nissan Altima, according to Los Angeles police. Two suspects got out of the car and demanded the dogs at gunpoint. Fischer got into a struggle with the suspects and was shot once.
The suspects took two of the three dogs and fled the area.
Days later, investigators say, McBride brought one of the dogs to a Los Angeles police station. Investigators say McBride was in a relationship with Harold White. James Jackson, Jaylin White, Lafayette Whaley and Harold White are all documented gang members, police say.
Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón released a statement after the charges were announced.
“This was a brazen street crime that left a man seriously wounded,” he said. “We have alleged very serious charges in this case and have faith that justice will be appropriately served as this case unfolds in court.”