Lady Gaga’s Dognapping: How’s the Case, Who Have Been Arrested?
How’s the Case of Lady Gaga's Dog Napping?
Five people have been arrested in connection with the robbery of two of Lady Gaga’s French Bulldogs and the shooting of her dog walker, Ryan Fischer, back in February.
The LAPD confirmed that four of the five people involved in the harrowing incident are gang members and (plot twist) the fifth was the purported “good Samaritan” who returned the two stolen dogs. Which honestly isn’t all that surprising.
The dog walker, Ryan Fischer, is recovering from a gunshot wound and has called the violence “a very close call with death” in social media posts. He was walking Lady Gaga’s three dogs – Asia, Koji and Gustav – in Hollywood just off Sunset Boulevard when he was attacked.
Video from the doorbell camera of a nearby 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, according to The Guardian.
Lady Gaga offered a $500,000 reward, “no questions asked”, to be reunited with the dogs. The singer had been in Rome at the time filming a movie.
|Lady Gaga is seen leaving her New York City apartment with her dog Koji on 12 May 2015. Photograph: MPI67/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images|
The dogs were returned two days later to an LAPD station by a woman who originally appeared to be “uninvolved and unassociated” with the crime, police initially said. It was not immediately clear if the woman, identified Thursday as 50-year-old Jennifer McBride, received the reward.
McBride turned out to be in a relationship with the father of one of the suspects, the LAPD said Thursday.
Who Involved in Lady Gaga's Dog Napping?
According to ABC Channel 7 the suspects are James Jackson, 18, Jaylin White, 19, Lafayette Whaley, 27, Harold White, 40, and Jennifer McBride, 50.
Police arrested James Jackson, 18; Jaylin White, 19; and Lafayette Whaley, 27, on Tuesday on suspicion of attempted murder and robbery.
White’s father, 40-year-old Harold White, and McBride were arrested on suspicion of accessory attempted murder. Jackson, Whaley and the Whites are all documented gang members, according to the LAPD.
The five suspects were charged Thursday by the Los Angeles county district attorney’s office. It was not immediately clear if they had attorneys who could speak on their behalf.
All five were being held on $1m bail each, online jail records show.
Lady Gaga did not immediately address the arrests on her social media accounts Thursday afternoon. Fischer and Lady Gaga’s representatives did not respond to requests for comment.
French bulldogs Koji and Gustav have been returned unharmed.
According to the LAPD, a woman brought the dogs to the department's Olympic Community Police Station two days after they were taken, and Gaga's representatives were on hand to confirm they were the singer's pets, CNET reported.
At the time, law enforcement sources told TMZ they believed the woman, who they didn't identify then, was a good Samaritan who wasn't involved in the theft of the animals. Looks like that's changed.
Why would someone steal French bulldogs?
|Photo: Fox 11 Los Angeles|
In short, they're valuable and in demand. Puppies typically sell for between $1,500 and $3,000, but they can sell for far more. This isn't the first time French bulldogs, known as Frenchies, have been stolen. In November, two French bulldogs were reported stolen from the backyard of a residence in Daly City, just south of San Francisco. And just last month, a San Francisco woman reported being violently assaulted and having her 6-month-old French bulldog stolen.
French bulldogs have big ears, large square heads and compact muscular bodies. The American Kennel Club describes the breed as "one of the world's most popular small-dog breeds, especially among city dwellers. The Frenchie is playful, alert, adaptable, and completely irresistible."
Where was Lady Gaga?
The performer was in Rome, filming the new movie Gucci, about the famous fashion family dynasty. In the film, Gaga plays Patrizia Reggiani, Italian socialite and ex-wife of Maurizio Gucci, the grandson of Gucci founder Guccio Gucci. Reggiani was tried and convicted of orchestrating her husband's assassination in 1995. Maurizio had two daughters with Reggiani, but he left her for another woman. Ridley Scott will direct the film, which is based on Sara Gay Forden's book The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed.
Lady Gaga's reaction to the crime
When the crime happened, the singer wasn't home in California but was filming a movie in Italy. (See below for more details.) She spoke out about the attack in an Instagram post.
"My heart is sick and I am praying my family will be whole again with an act of kindness," Lady Gaga posted, along with a photo of the dogs. Gaga went on to praise the injured dog walker, writing, "I continue to love you Ryan Fischer, you risked your life to fight for our family. You're forever a hero."
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