The woman who returned Lady Gaga’s stolen French bulldogs was among five people arrested in connection with the theft and shooting of the music superstar’s dog walker.
The woman who returned Lady Gagas stolen French bulldogs is among five people arrested in connection with the theft and shooting of the music superstars dog walker, Los Angeles police said Thursday (local time).
Detectives do not believe that the thieves initially knew the dogs belonged to the pop star, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement. The motive for the February 24 robbery, investigators believe, was the value of the French bulldogs which can run into the thousands of dollars.
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The woman who returned Lady Gagas stolen French bulldogs was among five people arrested in connection with the theft and shooting of the music superstars dog walker.
The dog walker, Ryan Fischer, is recovering from a gunshot wound and has called the violence a very close call with death in social media posts. Fischer was walking Lady Gaga’s three dogs named Asia, Koji and Gustav in Hollywood just off the famed Sunset Boulevard when he was attacked.
Video from the doorbell camera of a nearby home shows a white sedan pulling up and two men jumping out. They struggled with Fischer and one pulled a gun and fired a single shot before fleeing with two of the dogs, Koji and Gustav.
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The video captured Fischers screams of, Oh, my God! Ive been shot! and Help me! and Im bleeding out from my chest!
Lady Gaga offered a US$500,000 (NZ$690,000) reward no questions asked to be reunited with the dogs. The singer had been in Rome at the time filming a movie.
The dogs were returned two days later to an LAPD station by a woman who originally appeared to be uninvolved and unassociated with the crime, police initially said.
Members of the media and neighbours walk near an area on North Sierra Bonita Avenue where Lady Gaga’s dog walker was shot and two of her French bulldogs stolen in Los Angeles.
The woman, identified as 50-year-old Jennifer McBride, had reported that shed found the dogs and responded to an email address associated with the reward, police said.
McBride turned out to be in a relationship with the father of one of the suspects, the LAPD said Thursday. It was not immediately clear if she had received the reward.
Police arrested James Jackson, 18; Jaylin White, 19; and Lafayette Whaley, 27, in connection with the violence. They are charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and second-degree robbery, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Jackson, who authorities say was the shooter, also faces charges of assault with a semiautomatic firearm and a felon carrying a concealed firearm in a vehicle. White faces one count of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Victoria Wilson presides over the arraignment of five people arrested in connection with the theft of Lady Gaga’s dog and shooting of her dog walker.
White’s father, 40-year-old Harold White, and McBride were arrested and accused of being accessories to the attack. The elder White also was charged with one count of possession of a firearm and McBride faces a charge of receiving stolen property.
Jackson, Whaley and the Whites are all documented gang members, according to the LAPD.
The five suspects were scheduled to be arraigned Thursday, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. It was not immediately clear if they had attorneys who could speak on their behalf.
All five were being held on US$1 million bail each, online jail records show.
Lady Gaga did not immediately address the arrests on her social media accounts Thursday afternoon. Fischer and Lady Gaga’s representatives did not respond to requests for comment.