The woman who returned Lady Gaga’s stolen French bulldogs was among five people arrested in connection with the theft and shooting of the music superstar’s dog walker, Los Angeles police said Thursday.
Detectives do not believe the thieves knew the dogs belonged to the pop star, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement. The motive for the theft on February 24, investigators believe the value of French bulldogs, which may run into the thousands of dollars.
Dog walker Ryan Fischer is recovering from a gunshot wound and has called the violence “a very near-death call” 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.
Doorbell camera video from a nearby home shows a white sedan approaching and two men jumping. They fought Fischer and one drew 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 gosh! They have shooted me! “,” Help me! “and” I’m bleeding from my chest! “
Lady Gaga offered a reward of $ 500,000, “no questions asked,” to reunite with the dogs. The singer had been in Rome at the time filming a movie.
The dogs were returned two days later to an LAPD station by a woman who originally appeared “not to be involved in and not associated” with the crime, police initially said. It was not immediately clear if the woman, identified Thursday as Jennifer McBride, 50, received the reward.
McBride turned out to be in a relationship with the father of one of the suspects, Los Angeles police said Thursday.
Police arrested 18-year-old James Jackson; Jaylin White, 19 years old; and Lafayette Whaley, 27, Tuesday on suspicion of attempted murder and robbery.
White’s father, Harold White, 40, and McBride were arrested on suspicion of attempted accessory murder. Jackson, Whaley and the Whites are all documented gang members, according to the LAPD.
The five suspects were indicted 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 $ 1 million bond each, jail records online show.
Lady Gaga did not immediately address the arrests on her social media accounts Thursday afternoon. Representatives for Fischer and Lady Gaga did not respond to requests for comment.