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Lady Gaga's alleged dognappers arrested, charged with attempted murder, robbery

Charles Trepany, USA TODAY
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Five people have been arrested and charged in shooting Lady Gaga's dogwalker and stealing two of her French bulldogs in February.

Three suspects have been charged with attempted murder and robbery and two as accessories after the initial crime, according to a press release from the Los Angeles Police Department on Thursday.

One of the alleged accessories is Jennifer McBride, the 50-year-old woman who returned the singer's dogs to LAPD's Olympic Community Police Station two days after the armed robbery. Los Angeles Police Capt. Jonathan Tippet said in February that the woman who returned the dogs appeared to be "uninvolved and unassociated" with the incident.

According to the latest release, however, detectives now believe McBride had a relationship with Harold White, 40, who is the father of one of the attempted murder suspects and a documented Los Angeles gang member. Both he and McBride are being charged as accessories to attempted murder.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office added in a press release that White also faces a charge of possession of a firearm and that McBride faces one count of receiving stolen property.

The suspects allegedly involved in the robbery and shooting of the victim are 18-year-old James Jackson, 19-year-old Jaylin White and 27-year-old Lafayette Whaley. They are being charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and second-degree robbery, according to the District Attorney's office. The LAPD release says the three suspects are Los Angeles gang members.

The release from the District Attorney's office notes that Jackson is also charged with assault with a semiautomatic firearm as well as with a felon carrying a concealed firearm in a vehicle. The younger White also faces one count of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury, the release adds.

Greg Risling, assistant media chief at the District Attorney's office, confirmed to USA TODAY that all five suspects pleaded not guilty.

All five suspects were arrested Tuesday and are each being held on $1 million bail, according to online jail records.

According to the release, detectives do not believe the suspects were targeting the victim, Ryan Fischer, because of the dogs' owner. However, evidence suggests the suspects' knowledge of the value of the dogs' breed was the motivation for the robbery.

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Fischer was walking three of the pop star's dogs on Feb. 24 when a man approached the dog walker and shot him once, according to LAPD Officer Drake Madison.

During the walk, a four-door sedan pulled over and two men tried to steal the animals, Los Angeles Police Capt. Jonathan Tippet told the Associated Press at the time. Two of her dogs, Koji and Gustav, were stolen. A third dog was left behind and later recovered.

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The singer, who was filming a movie in Italy at the time, shared a post of her "beloved" dogs on Instagram, confirming the theft and sending love to Fischer, whom she called a "hero."

Surveillance video from a neighboring house showed Fischer repeatedly yell for help as he tried to fight off the suspects. The struggle escalated before one suspect wielding a semiautomatic handgun shot him.

Lady Gaga's 'beloved' French bulldogs recovered safely after armed robbery

Fischer opened up about his harrowing road to recovery on Instagram a month after the incident, revealing he was readmitted to the hospital a week after getting discharged. He said his lung collapsed multiple times during his second stay at the hospital.

After having portions of his lung removed, Fischer wrote that he's out of the hospital and working through the trauma of his experiences.

"The journey is hard, it's assuredly painful," he continued. "But I try. And somewhere within that I find the absurdity and wonder and beauty this life offers us all."

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Contributing: Rasha Ali, Bill Keveney, Elise Brisco, Cydney Henderson

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Lady Gaga dognapping: 5 suspects arrested, charged