More details have emerged about the attack on Lady Gaga’s dog walker and what preceded it.
Three men drove around the Hollywood area in late February in search of expensive French bulldogs to steal, prosecutors said. Their night would end in shots – and the violent theft of the pop star’s beloved pet.
The robbery would make headlines around the world – and motivate the owners of French bulldogs to be careful during walks – with few clues published about the case or the circumstances surrounding the dogs’ disappearance.
The criminal complaint was filed by prosecutors Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court and received by the Associated Press on Monday.
Five people have been indicted in the case – the three men and two alleged accomplices – and all have pleaded guilty.
The Lady Gaga connection was a coincidence, authorities have said. The motive was the value of the French bulldogs, a breed that can run into thousands of dollars, and detectives do not believe the thieves knew the dogs belonged to the pop star.
The three men in the sedan – James Jackson, 18; Jaylin White, 19; and Lafayette Whaley, 27, were arrested last week on suspicion of attempted murder and robbery. Jackson is also accused of shooting Lady Gaga’s dog walker, Ryan Fischer.
The trio – alleged gang members with the nicknames Infant Dice, Lil Gudda and LFace respectively – will return to court on 11 May.
Whaley drove Jackson and White around Hollywood, the city of West Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley on Feb. 24 “looking for French bulldogs,” the crime said. They found Fischer and his three charges in Hollywood.
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The trio tailed Fischer as he led the dogs – named Asia, Koji and Gustav – along the famous Sunset Boulevard, LA prosecutors wrote. They turned off the light for the white sedan and followed him down a secluded side street.
Jackson and White jumped out and attacked Fischer, stealing Koji and Gustav in a violent fight caught on the doorbell camera in a nearby home. They hit and strangled Fischer, prosecutors claimed, and Jackson pulled out a semi-automatic pistol and fired and hit Fischer once before fleeing.
The camera captured the dog walker with screaming “Oh, my God! I’ve been shot!” and “Help me!” and “I’m bleeding from the chest!”
Over the next two days, White’s father, Harold White, and Jennifer McBride, who was in a relationship with the older White, became involved in the theft, prosecutors wrote. They allegedly helped the younger white man avoid arrest, and McBride returned the dogs to police on Feb. 26.
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She claimed she had found the animals tied to a pole, police said at the time, asking about Lady Gaga’s offer of a $ 500,000 reward if the dogs were returned “no questions asked.” The singer was in Rome at the time he was filming a movie.
Police initially said McBride appeared to be “not involved and not involved” in the crime. She is accused of having received stolen property worth over $ 950, in addition to having been an accessory after that fact.
Jaylin White remains detained in more than $ 1 million bond, prison records show. Jackson is held at just over $ 3 million and Whaley’s bond is $ 1.1 million. Elder White, an alleged gang member nicknamed Lil Porky, was released from prison on Saturday and McBride was released on Monday pending their next trial.
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McBride’s lawyer could not immediately be reached for comment. It was not immediately clear whether the others had lawyers who could speak on their behalf.
Lady Gaga and Fischer have not dealt with the arrests publicly. Fischer is recovering from a gunshot wound and has called the violence a “very close call to death” in posts on social media.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.