Lady Gaga dognappers 'prowled neighborhood looking for pets to steal'
Lady Gaga dognappers ‘prowled Hollywood neighborhood looking for expensive pets to steal, and waited for her dog walker to turn down secluded street before attacking’
- James Jackson, 18; Jaylin White, 19; and Lafayette Whaley, 27 – were arrested last week on suspicion of attempted murder and robbery
- Prosecutors say the men drove around the Hollywood area on the prowl for expensive French bulldogs to steal
- The trio allegedly tailed Lady Gaga’s dogwalker Ryan Fischer as he led the dogs – named Asia, Koji and Gustav – along the famed Sunset Boulevard
- They allegedly turned off their white sedan’s lights and followed him down a secluded side street before attacking him
- Fisher was shot and Koji and Gustav were taken in the violent attack
- The dogs were later returned by Jennifer McBride, who is now accused of being involved in the heist
The three men accused of stealing Lady Gaga’s French bulldogs had turned off the lights on their car and tailed her dog walker before attacking when he turned on to a secluded street, prosecutors say.
The men allegedly drove around the Hollywood area on the prowl for expensive French bulldogs to steal.
Their night would end in gunfire – and the violent theft of the pop star’s beloved pets.
The felony complaint, filed by prosecutors Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court and obtained by The Associated Press on Monday, gives some new details about the attack and what preceded it.
Five people are charged in the case – the three men and two alleged accomplices – and all have pleaded not 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 the 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 – purported gang members nicknamed Infant Dice, Lil Gudda and LFace, respectively – are due back in court May 11.
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 felony complaint states. They found Fischer and his three charges in Hollywood.
Lady Gaga is pictured with her French bulldog Koji, who was one of the dogs stolen in the February attack
Lady Gaga´s dog walker, Ryan Fischer, was shot as he tried to stop two men from stealing the pop star’s pets
Gaga’s dogs Koji and Gustav (pictured) were taken in the violent attack, but later returned by a woman who is now accused of being involved in the heist
The trio tailed Fischer as he led the dogs – named Asia, Koji and Gustav – along the famed Sunset Boulevard, LA prosecutors wrote. They turned off the white sedan´s lights and followed him down a secluded side street.
Jackson and White jumped out and attacked Fischer, stealing Koji and Gustav in a violent struggle captured on the doorbell camera of a nearby home.
They hit and choked Fischer, prosecutors alleged, and Jackson pulled out a semiautomatic gun and fired, striking Fischer once before they fled.
The camera recorded the dog walker screaming ‘Oh, my God! I´ve been shot!’ and ‘Help me!’ and ‘I´m bleeding out from my chest!’
Over the next two days, White’s father, Harold White, and Jennifer McBride, who was in a relationship with the elder White, became involved in the theft, prosecutors wrote.
They allegedly helped the younger White avoid arrest, and McBride returned the dogs to police on Feb. 26.
She claimed she’d found the animals tied to a pole, police said at the time, and asked 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 filming a movie.
Fischer, who has been described as a family friend, survived the assault. He has posted images of himself in a hospital bed on his social media
Deputy District Attorney Michele Hanisee addresses the court during the arraignment of several people arrested in connection with the theft of Lady Gaga’s dog
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Victoria Wilson presides over the arraignment of several people arrested over the theft of Lady Gaga’s dog and shooting of her dog walker
Police initially said McBride appeared to be ‘uninvolved and unassociated’ with the crime. She is charged with receiving stolen property valued above $950, in addition to a count of being an accessory after the fact.
Jaylin White remains held on more than $1 million bond, jail records show. Jackson is held on just over $3 million bond, and Whaley´s bond is $1.1 million. The elder White, who is an alleged gang member nicknamed Lil Porky, was released from jail Saturday, and McBride was freed Monday pending their next court appearance.
McBride’s attorney could not immediately be reached for comment. It was not immediately clear if the others had lawyers who could speak on their behalf.
Lady Gaga and Fischer have not addressed the arrests publicly. Fischer is recovering from a gunshot wound and has called the violence a ‘very close call with death’ in social media posts.
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