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30th Apr 2021

Three charged with attempted murder in Lady Gaga dog-napping case

Sarah McKenna Barry

Ryan Fischer was seriously injured following the attack earlier this year.

Police in Los Angeles have arrested and charged three people in connection with the near-fatal shooting of dogwalker Ryan Fischer, as well as the theft of Lady Gaga’s two dogs.

James Jackson, Jaylin White and Lafayette Whaley were charged with attempted murder and armed robbery on Thursday evening.

Two additional people, Harold White and Jennifer McBride, were charged on suspicion of acting as accessories after the fact.

Ms McBride was the woman who handed the dogs over to police.

According to authorities, she claimed to have found them in an alleyway.

At the time, Lady Gaga offered an award of $500,000 for the safe return of her pets. However, authorities urged Gaga to refrain from handing over the money until they were able to conduct a proper investigation.


The individuals charged are being held on a $1 million bail.

Ryan Fischer was shot while walking Lady Gaga’s dogs earlier this year. During the attack, two men snatched Koji and Gustav. Fischer was hospitalised for his injuries.

The Poker Face singer said that Ryan had a “very close call with death”, and thanked him for trying to protect her dogs.

“I continue to love you, Ryan Fischer,” she said in an emotional Instagram post. “You risked your life to fight for our family. You’re forever a hero.”

After Koji and Gustav were returned, Ryan thanked authorities for their work in identifying the individuals involved.

On Instagram he wrote: “I am humbled and grateful that attention and focus from the police were enough to get Koji and Gustav back to safety, and I know they are committed to bringing these criminals and attempted murderers to justice. I am so appreciative of everything you continue to do.”