LOS ANGELES (AP) – In late February, three men were driving around the Hollywood area stealing expensive French bulldogs, prosecutors said. Their night would end in gunfire – and the violent theft of pop stars Lady Gaga’s beloved pets.
The robbery would make headlines around the world – motivating French bulldog owners to be careful when taking walks – with little published evidence of the dogs’ case or circumstances surrounding the disappearance. The criminal complaint, filed by the prosecutor in the Los Angeles Supreme Court on Thursday and filed by The Associated Press on Monday, includes some new details about the attack and previous attacks.
Five people are charged in the case – the three men and two alleged accomplices – and none 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 cost thousands of dollars, and detectives don’t believe the thieves knew the dogs belonged to the pop star.
The three men in the limo – 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 nicknamed Infant Dice, Lil Gudda and LFace – will appear in court on May 11.
Whaley drove Jackson and White through Hollywood, the city of West Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley on February 24, “in search of French bulldogs,” the criminal complaint said. They found Fischer and his three protégés in Hollywood.
The trio chased Fischer as he led the dogs – Asia, Koji, and Gustav – along the famous Sunset Boulevard, LA prosecutors wrote. They turned off the light of the white limousine and followed him down a remote back street.
Jackson and White jumped out and attacked Fischer. They stole Koji and Gustav in a violent fight that was caught on the doorbell camera of a nearby home. They beat and choked fishermen, suspected prosecutors, and Jackson pulled out a semi-automatic gun and fired and hit Fischer once before escaping.
The camera recorded the dog walker and yelled, “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 were related to the elderly White, were implicated in the theft, prosecutors wrote. You allegedly helped the younger white man and McBride avoid arrest returned the dogs to the police on February 26th.
She claimed she 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 “without question”. The singer was in Rome at the time to make a film.
Police initially said McBride was “uninvolved and unrelated to the crime”. She is accused of receiving over $ 950 worth of stolen property.
Jaylin White remains on more than $ 1 million in bond, according to prison records. Jackson holds a bond for just over $ 3 million, and Whaley’s bond is $ 1.1 million. The elderly white, a suspected gang member nicknamed Lil Porky, was released from jail on Saturday and McBride was released on Monday pending her next court appearance.
McBride’s attorney could not be reached immediately for comment. It wasn’t immediately clear if the other had lawyers who could speak on their behalf.
Lady Gaga and Fischer did not publicly address the arrests. Fischer is recovering from a gunshot wound and has described the violence as “a very close call with death” Social media posts.
Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed in any way without permission.