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A Woman Who Tried To Claim A $500K Reward For Returning Lady Gaga's Stolen Dogs Is Now Facing Charges

Police said they don't believe the suspects originally knew the dogs belonged to Lady Gaga.

Last updated on April 29, 2021, at 6:22 p.m. ET

Posted on April 29, 2021, at 6:02 p.m. ET

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Lady Gaga leaving her apartment with her dog Koji

Five people have been arrested in connection with the shooting of Lady Gaga's dogwalker and the theft of the singer's two French bulldogs, the Los Angeles Police Department announced Thursday.

Three of the suspects were charged with armed robbery and attempted murder in the incident, which prompted Gaga to offer a reward of $500,000 for the safe return of the dogs. But, police said, the three men were not targeting the pop star and did not know the dogs belonged to her. Instead, they allegedly tried to take the dogs because of the breed's high resale value.

"This was a brazen street crime that left a man seriously wounded," Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement.

The men, who police said were documented gang members, were identified as 18-year-old James Jackson, 19-year-old Jaylin White, and 27-year-old Lafayette Whaley.

Jackson, who is suspected of shooting the dogwalker, faces additional charges of assault with a semiautomatic firearm and being a felon with a concealed firearm in a vehicle.

Harold White, 40, Jaylin White's father, and Jennifer McBride, 50, are facing a charge each of accessory attempted murder.

The violent robbery occurred on Feb. 24. The dogwalker, identified later as Ryan Fischer, was shot as he tried to keep two men from taking the dogs. He was ultimately hospitalized for his injuries, and the suspects got away with dogs Koji and Gustav.

Lady Gaga later called Fischer a hero for risking his life as he attempted to keep the dogs from being stolen.

If you bought or found them unknowingly, the reward is the same. I continue to love you Ryan Fischer, you risked your life to fight for our family. You’re forever a hero.

Twitter: @ladygaga

The dogs were returned two days later, shortly after the large reward was announced by the pop star.

Police said the missing dogs were turned over at a local police station and reunited with one of Lady Gaga's representatives, after a woman said she had found the dogs. She claimed she had randomly come across the dogs after they were tied up and abandoned in an alley, TMZ reported.

That woman, police said Thursday, was McBride.

After McBride surrendered the dogs at the LAPD's Olympic Station, detectives determined that she had a relationship with Harold White.

Fischer has since recovered from his injuries from the shooting.


A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.

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