Five people who allegedly snatched Lady Gaga’s French bulldogs and left her shot dogwalker begging for his life have been arrested on attempted murder and robbery charges, The Post has confirmed.
The crew had no idea who the pups’ famous owner was when they pulled off the nighttime dog-napping in Los Angeles on Feb. 24 as part of a dogs-for-cash scheme, according to police.
The Los Angeles Police Department nabbed five suspects after executing search and arrest warrants Tuesday following an investigation, police told The Post.
All five were charged with attempted murder Wednesday. They were identified as James Jackson, 18; Jaylin White, 19; Lafayette Whaley, 27; Harold White, 40; and Jennifer McBride, 50.
Jackson, White, and Whaley are charged with pulling off the armed heist of the dogs, while White and McBride are charged as accessories, police said.
Prosecutors filed the charges on Thursday and all of the defendants were expected to be arraigned Thursday.
“This was a brazen street crime that left a man seriously wounded,” District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement. “We have alleged very serious charges in this case and have faith that justice will be appropriately served as this case unfolds in court.”
The four men “are all documented gang members” police said, adding that McBride is the girlfriend of one of their fathers and was recruited to turn the dogs in for the reward.
“Detectives do not believe the suspects were targeting the victim because of the dogs’ owner,” police said in a release. “However, evidence suggests the suspects knew the great value of the breed of dogs and was the motivation for the robbery.”
McBride is allegedly the “good Samaritan” who found the dogs and tried to turn them into police for the hefty $500,000 reward offered by the “Bad Romance” songstress who was devastated over the theft, the LAPD said.
Gaga’s dogwalker, Ryan Fischer, was out with the star’s French bulldogs — Koji, Gustav and Miss Asia — when he was shot by a pair of bandits who fled with two of the pricey pups.
Disturbing home surveillance footage of the robbery shows Fischer trying to hold on to the dogs while scuffling with his attackers.
A single shot is then heard and the thieves pull away, leaving Fischer wounded and screaming for help.
“Oh my God. Help me,” he can be heard yelling. “I’m bleeding out of my lungs. I’m bleeding out of my chest…Oh my God. Help me. They took two dogs.”
A neighbor can also be heard telling him he’s calling police.
Fischer was able to hold onto Miss Asia during the melee.
Less than a week later, the good Samaritan reported that she had found Koji and Gustav safe and sound.
But police grew suspicious of her tale from the start and advised the Grammy-winning singer not to pay the promised $500,000 reward, TMZ reported last month.
Authorities initially believed the incident was a gang initiation prank, TMZ said, but later turned their focus to a dog-stealing ring. Frenchies can fetch thousands on the black market, The Post previously reported.
Police believe the suspected dognappers got spooked by all the publicity surrounding the lost pooches — and gave up the dogs while trying to cash in on the hefty reward, according to TMZ, which first reported news of the arrests.
Fischer was seriously wounded but is recovering. He was released from the hospital about a month later.
Gaga hailed Fischer as she begged for the safe return of her dogs on social media.
“I continue to love you Ryan Fischer, you risked your life to fight for our family. You’re forever a hero,” the “A Star is Born” actress wrote.
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