content-header__row content-header__hed” data-testid=”ContentHeaderHed”>Lady Gaga’s Alleged Dognappers Charged With Attempted Murder and RobberyTwo months after the pets were stolen and their dog walker was attacked, police have apprehended the five suspects.
April 30, 2021
by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images
On Thursday, the Los Angeles Police Department announced in a press release that they had caught the thieves allegedly involved in the high-profile dognapping, which included the woman who turned the dogs in to the police two days after the incident. According to the LAPD, the assailants targeted the singer’s three dogs—Gustav, Koji, and Miss Asia—and her dog walker, Ryan Fischer, as part of a dogs-for-cash scheme. Then, once they heard about the $500,000 “no questions asked” cash reward that Gaga was offering for the pets’ safe return, they brought in a woman named Jennifer McBride to act as a good samaritan to return the stolen dogs, the New York Post notes. “Detectives do not believe the suspects were targeting the victim because of the dogs’ owner,” police said in the release. “However, evidence suggests the suspects knew the great value of the breed of dogs and was the motivation for the robbery.”
According to TMZ, James Jackson, Jaylin White, and Lafayette Whaley have all been charged in connection with the crime, receiving one count each of attempted murder for the shooting of Fischer, conspiracy to commit robbery, and second-degree robbery. Jackson, 18, is also facing two additional firearm charges—one count of assault with a semiautomatic firearm and one for a felon carrying a concealed firearm in a vehicle; and White, 19, also faces one count of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury, TMZ added. When the dogs were returned, police initially believed that McBride was “uninvolved and unassociated,” but later grew increasingly suspicious of her story and advised the pop star not to turn over the reward money, per TMZ. McBride and Harold White, the father of Jaylin, were charged with one count each of accessory after the fact. Police say that McBride is the girlfriend of one of the men’s fathers, and the other four are allegedly “all documented gang members,” per the Post. Harold also received an additional charge for possession of a firearm and McBride faces one count of receiving stolen property.
More Great Stories From Vanity Fair
— Jesmyn Ward Writes Through Grief Amid Protests and Pandemic
— Melania Trump’s Clothes Really Don’t Care, and Neither Should You
— How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Paid Off the Frogmore Cottage Renovations
— Poetry: COVID-19 and Racism Collide in Mississippi
— 11 of Fall’s Best Coffee-Table Books
— Is This the End of In-Person Awards Shows?
— From the Archive: The Precarious Future of Stately Aristocratic Homes
Looking for more? Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss a story.