Five People Face Charges in Lady Gaga Dog Walker Shooting and Bulldog Theft

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Starr Bowenbank
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Photo credit: Jamie McCarthy - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jamie McCarthy - Getty Images

Two months ago, Lady Gaga's dog walker was shot in the chest four times while walking her three French bulldogs—Miss Asia, Koji, and Gustav—in West Hollywood. While TMZ at the time reported that the dog walker was thankfully "recovering well," authorities at the Los Angeles Police Department were unable to figure out the people involved with targeting the walker and stealing the dogs until now.

On Thursday, the LAPD announced that five arrests have been made in connection with shooting. In the initial report of the incident, only two men were suspected in connection with the dog-napping, but three other parties were involved and all had significant ties to each other in the crime. Three of the identified suspects — James Jackson, Jaylin White and Lafayette Whaley — took part in the robbery and shooting, and are currently facing charges for attempted murder.

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The two remaining suspects, Harold White and Jennifer McBride, were accessories to the crime and are facing charges for being an accessory to attempted murder. LAPD confirmed that McBride returned the stolen dogs, but she did not receive the reported $500,000 Gaga promised for the return of her pets in March as authorities suspected it was part of a gang initiation. Though authorities didn't confirm of deny if the dog robbery was part of a gang initiation, police did reveal that four of the five suspects are documented gang members in Los Angeles in the new report.

As for the motivations for the crime, the asking price for a French bulldog—which is anywhere from $2,000 to $7,000—seems to have played a significant part. "Detectives do not believe the suspects were targeting the victim because of the dogs' owner," authorities said. "However, evidence suggests the suspects knew the great value of the breed of dogs and was the motivation for the robbery."

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