Authorities in Los Angeles announced five suspects have been arrested and charged in connection with the February kidnapping of Lady Gaga’s prized bulldogs and the near-fatal shooting of her dogwalker, Ryan Fisher. James Howard Jackson, Jaylin Keyshawn White, and Lafayette Shon Whaley, were charged with the shooting and dognapping. Harold White, and Jennifer McBride, were charged as accessories after the fact. McBride had previously been heralded as a good Samaritan after turning in Gustav and Koji to police, saying she recognized the famed pair of pooches after finding them tied to a pole in an alley, miles from where they were taken.
“This was a brazen street crime that left a man seriously wounded,” Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement announcing the arrests. “We have alleged very serious charges in this case and have faith that justice will be appropriately served as this case unfolds in court.”
The five suspects were arrested Tuesday and arraigned in court Thursday, according to Variety. Bail was set at $3.03 million for Jackson, $1.05 million for the younger White, and $1.01 million for Whaley. The elder White’s bail was set at $35,000 while McBride’s was set at $10,000. McBride was also released with an ankle bracelet. All five were ordered to appear in court for a preliminary hearing May 11.
Fisher was walking the singer’s three bulldogs, Asia, Gustav, and Koji, on North Sierra Bonita Drive near Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood around 9:40 p.m. on February 24th when two men approached and attempted to steal the dogs. Fisher struggled with the attackers, but was shot four times in the chest by one of the men. The two men then sped off in a white sedan with Gustav and Koji. Asia was able to escape the assailants, but returned to comfort Fisher as he lay dangerously wounded and bleeding.
“4 days ago, while a car sped away and blood poured from my gun shot wound, an angel trotted over and laid next to me,” Fisher said of Asia in a moving post to Instagram from his hospital bed.
Lady Gaga had offered a $500,000 reward, no questions asked, for the pair’s safe return, and was overjoyed when McBride turned in the two prized bulldogs to police. Authorities initially hailed her as a hero and a good Samaritan, but police later learned she had a relationship with Harold White, the father of Jaylin White and now say she was feloniously motivated by the half-million dollar reward.
Jackson, Whaley, and the younger Jaylin White were all charged with one count each of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit robbery, and second-degree robbery. In addition to being charged as accessories after the fact to attempted murder, the elder Harold White was also charged with a firearms possession violation and McBride with receiving stolen property.
Police do not believe the accused knew the dogs belonged to Lady Gaga, but were motivated instead by their monetary value.