The Los Angeles Police Department has arrested and charged five suspects in connection with the February 24, 2021 robbery of Lady Gaga’s two French bulldogs as well as the attempted murder of Gaga’s dog walker Ryan Fischer, according to a press release from the Los Angeles Police Department on Thursday.
On February 24, 2021 while walking Lady Gaga’s French bulldogs, Fischer was assaulted and shot in the chest by the suspects as they attempted to steal the three dogs. One dog managed to run away, but returned to Fischer’s side once the assailants fled in their car with the other two dogs. Ryan Fischer was hospitalized and recovered from the gunshot wound.
Lady Gaga was in Italy at the time of the robbery and shooting and offered a $500,000 reward-no questions asked-for the return of her beloved bulldogs. Jennifer McBride returned the dogs a few days later, alleging that she “found them.”
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James Jackson, 18, and Jaylin White, 19 and Lafayette Whaley, 27 were arrested for attempted murder. The investigation revealed that Jackson, Jaylin White and Whaley were involved in the robbery and shooting of the victim.
Harold White, 40, and Jennifer McBride, 50 were additionally charged with accessories after the initial crime when Jennifer McBride reported that she found the dogs and responded to the reward claim of $500,000 listed by Lady Gaga. Detectives established she had a connection to Harold White, father of Jaylin White.
James Jackson, Jaylin White, Lafayette Whaley, and Harold White are all documented gang members from Los Angeles.
Police added that detectives do not believe the suspects were targeting the victim because of the dogs’ owner. However, evidence suggests the suspects knew the great value of the breed of dogs and was the motivation for the robbery.
The case was presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office Major Crimes Division for filing consideration. Jackson, White, and Whaley were charged with one count each of 664-187 PC/Attempt Murder and 211 PC/Robbery. White and McBride were charged with one count each of 32 PC/Accessory Attempt Murder.