After over two months of searching, the people who shot Lady Gaga's dogwalker, Ryan Fischer, and stole her dogs back in late February have been arrested.
According to TMZ and Billboard, five people were in on the dognapping, including the woman who came forward claiming to have found Koji and Gustav tied up in an alley. Law enforcement believe the original suspects got nervous after all the attention the incident received, so they decided to back out on reselling them, but figured they could cash in on the reward, which is where the woman who "found" them came in. Police suspected that she was in on it, so they advised Gaga to not pay her the $500,000 reward she had advertised all over social media to whoever found her beloved dogs.
The police originally thought the dognapping was a gang initiation; however, they later believed it to be a dog stealing ring because small pure bred dogs such as French Bulldogs can be resold for a lot of money.
The video taken from a neighbor's security system that caught the attack became key evidence in the case, and it helped law enforcement hunt down the criminals while Ryan fully recovered in the hospital. The five suspects were arrested April 29th for multiple charges. Three of the five were brought in for attempted murder, conspiracy to commit robbery, and second-degree robbery.
- James Jackson, 18
- Jaylin White, 19
- Lafayette Whaley, 27
Additionally, Jackson faces one count each of assault with a semiautomatic firearm and a felon carrying a concealed firearm in a vehicle. White faces one count of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury.
And the remaining two were arrested for accessories to attempted murder:
- Harold White, 40
- Jennifer McBride, 50
Detectives say McBride, the woman who claimed to have found the dogs, is in a relationship with Harold White, the father of one of the three men who shot Ryan.
According to the police, the suspects were arraigned at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center on Thursday, April 29th. The defendants all pleaded Not Guilty. Their next court appearance is scheduled for May 11th. Bail was ordered at $3 million for Jackson, $1 million for Jaylin White, $1.1 million for Whaley, and $35,000 for Harold White. McBride was released without bail as long as she agreed to ankle monitoring.
“This was a brazen street crime that left a man seriously wounded,” District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement. “We have alleged very serious charges in this case and have faith that justice will be appropriately served as this case unfolds in court.”