Los Angeles authorities have arrested and charged five people in connection with the shooting of Lady Gaga‘s dog walker and the dognapping of her beloved French bulldogs, police said Thursday.
Three of the five arrested, James Jackson, 18, Jaylin White, 19, and Lafayette Whaley, 27, were allegedly involved in the robbery and shooting of the singer’s dog walker, Ryan Fischer, the Los Angeles Police Department explained.
Ryan Fischer Was Shot While Walking Lady Gaga’s Bulldogs, But Authorities Do Not Believe That He or Lady Gaga Were Intentionally Targeted.
Authorities don’t believe Fischer was targeted because he works for Gaga. Instead, investigators believe the suspects were motivated by the high value of French bulldogs in general.
“This was a brazen street crime that left a man seriously wounded,” LA County 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.”
Fischer was walking three of Lady Gaga’s dogs in February when he was approached by two people who attempted to steal the pets. After a brief altercation, Fischer was shot and two of the three dogs were picked up and driven away in a car.
Thankfully, Fisher survived but required a hospital stay to treat his gunshot wound.
Police said the two others arrested, Harold White, 40, and Jennifer McBride, 50, were accessories after the crime.
In February, McBride brought Gaga’s two missing dogs to an LAPD station, police said Thursday. Police had said in February that the woman who found the dogs and brought them to police was not involved in the kidnapping, but now say she had a relationship with Harold White, the father of Jaylin White.
Jackson, Jaylin White, and Whaley were all charged with attempted murder and robbery, police said Thursday. Jackson also faces charges of assault with a semiautomatic firearm and a felony for potentially carrying a concealed firearm in a vehicle, Gascón said in the press release. White also faces a charge of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury.
Accessory after the fact to attempted murder were charges leveled against Harold White and McBride. Harold White was also charged with possession of a firearm, while McBride also faces a charge of receiving stolen property, the district attorney said.
We were absolutely shook after learning of the violent robbery of Lady Gaga’s dogs and we are pleased to see that investigators are working to fully investigate the case and find out all they can about potential perpetrators.
This is a good time for us to remind you to always be vigilant about your surroundings when in public with your pets. These sorts of dognapping robberies are not uncommon and can happen to anyone. No, you do not have to be Lady Gaga to fall victim to a similar crime. Be aware of your surroundings, folks!
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