Back in February, we reported that the singer Lady Gaga’s dog walker had been shot, and two of her dogs had been kidnapped before later being returned. Now, her dognappers have been arrested, and her family is “relieved” that they are being brought to justice.
Joe Germanotta, Gaga’s father, told Fox News that the family is “relieved” that the suspects have been arrested. He added that the singer’s two French bulldogs, Gustav and Koji, are “at home and they’re happy.”
This comes after James Jackson, 18, Jaylin White, 19, and Lafayette Whaley, 27, were arrested in connection with the violent dognapping. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office stated that they have since been charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and second-degree robbery.
Police say that Jackson was the shooter, which is why he is also facing charges of assault with a semiautomatic firearm and a felon carrying a concealed firearm in a vehicle. White has additionally been hit with one count of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury.
Harold White, 40, and Jennifer McBride, 50, were each arrested as well for allegedly being accessories to the attack. The former was charged with one count of possession of a firearm, while McBride is facing a charge of receiving stolen property. Police say that the two of them “were determined to be accessories after the initial crime. McBride reported that she found the dogs and responded to the reward email to return the dogs.”
Germanotta said that he was not surprised by the arrest of McBride, who is the person that returned the dogs.
“I did have a feeling,” he said. “It’s too convenient of a story.”
“Detectives do not believe the suspects were targeting the victim because of the dogs’ owner,” LAPD said in a statement. “However, evidence suggests the suspects knew the great value of the breed of dogs and was the motivation for the robbery.”
The police added that the Whites, Jackson, and Whaley are each “documented gang members from Los Angeles.”
After the dognapping occurred, Gaga offered a $500,000 reward for her dogs’ safe return.
“My beloved dogs Koji and Gustav were taken in Hollywood two nights ago. My heart is sick and I am praying my family will be whole again with an act of kindness,” she tweeted at the time.
Each of the arrested suspects have plead not guilty.