The Los Angeles Police Department has arrested five suspects allegedly involved in the Feb. 24 shooting of Lady Gaga’s dogwalker and the kidnapping of her two French bulldogs.
Three of the suspects — James Jackson, 18; Jaylin White, 19; and Lafayette Whaley, 27 — have been charged with attempted murder, according to the LAPD. According to police, the three are documented gang members who targeted the bulldogs because they knew of their high value. They were not aware that Gaga was the owner, the police said.
Two additional defendants — Harold White, 40, and Jennifer McBride, 50 — are accused of acting as accessories after the fact. McBride is said to have returned the dogs to the police two nights later, prompted by the offer of a $500,000 reward. She was in a relationship with White’s father, the police said. White is also a gang member, police said.
Detectives served a search warrant and made the arrests on Tuesday. The charges were filed on Thursday.
The dogs — Koji and Gustav — were recovered unharmed two nights after they were stolen. The dogwalker, Ryan Fischer, was shot once but survived.
Fischer was walking the dogs near the intersection of Sierra Bonita Avenue and Sunset Boulevard around 9:40 p.m. when he was accosted by the armed robbers. Surveillance video, obtained by TMZ, showed Fischer struggling with the two men before being shot and collapsing to the sidewalk. The men grabbed the dogs and fled in a white Nissan Altima.
Lady Gaga, who was filming “House of Gucci” in Italy at the time of the attack, posted a $500,000 reward in a message on Instagram.
“I continue to love you Ryan Fischer, you risked your life to fight for our family,” she wrote. “You’re forever a hero.”
Fischer posted photos from his hospital bed after the dogs were recovered, thanking the first responders and those who had sent well wishes. To Lady Gaga, he wrote: “Your babies are back and the family is whole… we did it! You have shown so much support throughout this whole crisis to both me and my family.”