The woman who returned Lady Gaga's stolen French bulldogs was among five persons arrested regarding the the theft and shooting of the music superstar's dog walker, Los Angeles police said Thursday.
Detectives do not assume that the thieves primarily knew the dogs belonged to the pop star, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement. The motive for the Feb. 24 robbery, investigators believe, was the worthiness of the French bulldogs - that may run into the thousands.
Your dog walker, Ryan Fischer, is recovering from a gunshot wound and has called the violence "an extremely close call with death" in social media posts. He 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 local 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.
The video captured Fischer's screams of, "Oh, my God! I am shot!" and "Help me!" and "I'm bleeding out from my chest!" Lady Gaga offered a $500,000 reward - "no questions asked" - to be reunited with the dogs. The singer have been in Rome at that time filming a movie.
The dogs were returned two days later to an LAPD station by a female who originally were "uninvolved and unassociated" with the crime, police in the beginning said. The woman, discovered Thursday as 50-year-old Jennifer McBride, had reported that she'd 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 daddy of 1 of the suspects, the LAPD said Thursday. It had been not immediately clear if she had received the reward.Police arrested James Jackson, 18; Jaylin White, 19; and Lafayette Whaley, 27, regarding the the violence. They are charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and second-degree robbery, in line with 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 car. White faces one count of assault through force more likely to produce great bodily injury. White's father, 40-year-old Harold White, and McBride were arrested and accused to be accessories to the attack. The elder White also was charged with one count of possession of a firearm and McBride faces a charge of acquiring stolen property.Jackson, Whaley and the Whites are documented gang members, in line with the LAPD.
The five suspects were scheduled to be arraigned Thursday, according to the LA County District Attorney's Office. It had been not immediately clear if indeed they had attorneys who could speak with the person. All five were being held on $1 million bail each, online jail records show. Lady Gaga didn't immediately address the arrests on her behalf social media accounts Thursday afternoon. Fischer and Lady Gaga's representatives did not react to requests for comment.