FILE – In this January 20, 2021 file photo, Lady Gaga sings the national anthem during President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has issued several search and arrest warrants following the investigation into the theft of Lady Gaga’s two stolen French Bulldogs and the shooting at her dog walker, Ryan Fischer, authorities announced Thursday, April 29, 2021 in Los Angeles. Angeles. (AP Photo / Saul Loeb, pool, file)
Three men scoured the Hollywood area in late February, looking for expensive French Bulldogs to steal, prosecutors said. Their night would end with gunshots – and the violent robbery of pop star Lady Gaga’s beloved pets.
The theft would make headlines around the world – and motivate French Bulldog owners to be wary on walks – with little clue made public about the case or the circumstances surrounding the dogs’ disappearance. The felony complaint, filed by prosecutors Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court and obtained by The Associated Press on Monday, gives new details about the attack and what preceded it.
Five people are charged in this case – the three men and the two alleged accomplices – and all have pleaded not guilty.
The Lady Gaga connection was a coincidence, authorities said. The motive was the value of French Bulldogs, a breed that can cost thousands of dollars, and detectives don’t 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 – suspected gang members nicknamed Infant Dice, Lil Gudda and LFace respectively – are due to return to court on May 11.
Whaley drove Jackson and White to Hollywood, the city of West Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley on February 24 “in search of French Bulldogs,” the felony complaint states. They found Fischer and his three counts in Hollywood.
The trio followed Fischer as he led the dogs – named Asia, Koji, and Gustav – along famed Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles prosecutors wrote. They turned off the lights of the white sedan and followed him down a small secluded street.
Jackson and White jumped in and attacked Fischer, robbing Koji and Gustav in a violent struggle captured by the doorbell camera of a nearby house. They hit and suffocated Fischer, prosecutors alleged, and Jackson pulled out a semi-automatic pistol and fired, hitting Fischer once before running away.
The camera recorded the dog walker shouting “Oh my God! I was shot! and “Help me!” And “I’m bleeding 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 robbery, prosecutors wrote. They reportedly helped the young White avoid arrest and McBride returned the dogs to police on February 26.
She claimed to have 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.” Questions”. The singer was in Rome at the time to film a movie.
Police initially said McBride appeared to be “uninvolved and unassociated” with the crime. She is accused of having received stolen goods worth more than $ 950, in addition to being considered incidental after the fact.
Jaylin White remains being held on more than $ 1 million bail, according to prison records. Jackson is held on just over $ 3 million in bonds and Whaley’s bond is $ 1.1 million. The elder White, who is an alleged member of a gang known as Lil Porky, was released from jail on Saturday and McBride was released on Monday pending his next court appearance.
McBride’s attorney could not be reached immediately for comment. It was not immediately clear whether 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 called the violence a “very near death call” in social media posts.