Five people have been arrested in connection with the robbery of two of Lady Gaga’s French Bulldogs and the shooting of her dog walker, Ryan Fischer, back in February.
The LAPD confirmed that four of the five people involved in the harrowing incident are gang members and (plot twist) the fifth was the purported “good Samaritan” who returned the two stolen dogs. Which honestly isn’t all that surprising.
According to ABC Channel 7 the suspects are James Jackson, 18, Jaylin White, 19, Lafayette Whaley, 27, Harold White, 40, and Jennifer McBride, 50.
Jackson, Jaylin White, and Whaley have been booked for attempted murder, with McBride and Harold White having been arrested on suspicion of being accessories to attempted murder. Jaylin White, Harold White, Jackson, and Whaley are said to be members of a local Los Angeles gang.
Jackson allegedly shot dog walker Ryan Fischer before he and his cohorts fled with uninjured dogs Koji and Gustav.
At the arraignment, Jackson’s bail was set at $3,030,000, Jaylin White’s bail was set at $1,050,000 and the judge ordered Whaley held on $1,100,000 bail, Variety reports.
McBride’s bail was set at $10,000 on the condition she wear an ankle monitor. Harold White’s bail was set at $35,000, the outlet reported.
In the days following the attack, theories that the crime was a gang-related, targeted initiation circulated the news but police never confirmed or denied this at the time.
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The LAPD believe that the ruthless ambush was targeted given that French bulldogs can be sold on the black market for a hefty price and thefts had increased in the same area that Fischer was shot in recent months.
McBride is said to be the identity of the woman who allegedly found the dogs tied to a pole in an alley and brought them in safely to police. At the time of the incident, a distraught Lady Gaga sent a plea out on her Instagram page for the return of her beloved dogs, named Koji and Gustav, and offered a “no questions asked” reward of $500,000.
Police advised the singer to hold off on paying the reward until the investigation into the shooting and robbery was complete, including looking into McBride to ensure she had no involvement.
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