Suspect in Lady Gaga’s dog theft who was mistakenly freed is recaptured
A suspect mistakenly released from a Los Angeles County jail where he was being held on suspicion of shooting Lady Gaga’s dog walker and stealing her French bulldogs has been recaptured, authorities said.
James Howard Jackson, 19, was arrested Wednesday, nearly five months after he was released from jail because of “a clerical error” while awaiting trial, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.
Jackson was one of five people arrested in connection with the Feb. 24, 2021, attack in Hollywood.
Last month, the U.S. Marshals Service announced a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to his arrest.
Jackson’s arrest comes as one of three men charged in the case pleaded no contest to second-degree robbery.
Jaylin Keyshawn White, 20, was immediately sentenced to four years in state prison, Deputy Dist. Atty. Michele Hanisee told NBC4.
‘It’s hard for people to understand why someone would go about healing in this way,’ says Ryan Fischer, who was shot while walking Lady Gaga’s dogs.
Prosecutors said Jackson and two other alleged gang members had driven around looking for expensive French bulldogs to steal, then spotted, tailed and robbed Ryan Fischer as he walked Lady Gaga’s dogs near Sunset Boulevard. Fischer was with the pop star’s three dogs, Asia, Koji and Gustav.
During a violent struggle, Fischer was hit, choked and then shot in an attack captured by the doorbell camera of a nearby home.
The video captured Fischer screaming, “Oh, my God! I’ve been shot!” and “Help me!” and “I’m bleeding out from my chest!”
Fischer lost part of a lung. About a month after the crime, he posted on Instagram that his recovery has gone well.
Five people have been arrested in connection to the shooting of Lady Gaga’s dogwalker in Hollywood in February.
The pop star’s dogs were returned two days later by a woman who said she had found them tied to a pole and asked about Lady Gaga’s offer of a $500,000 reward if the dogs were returned “no questions asked.” The singer was in Rome at the time filming a movie.
The woman was charged with receiving stolen property, and the father of another suspect is charged with helping him avoid arrest.
Jackson already had been charged in the attack and had pleaded not guilty when the district attorney’s office filed a superseding indictment that charged him with attempted murder, conspiracy to commit a robbery and assault with a semiautomatic firearm.
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