Dognappings have become all too common these days, and it happens to both everyday people and celebrities. Headlines around the world shared the horrible story of Lady Gaga’s French Bulldogs being stolen but only after the assailants shot her dogwalker in the process. The violent incident was captured on surveillance camera, and her dogwalker fought for his life.
For several months, authorities followed up on leads, and there has finally been a breakthrough in the case. Five people have been arrested in connection with the arrest and shooting which took place earlier this year. Those arrested include James Jackson, 18, Jaylin White, 19, Lafayette Whaley, 27, Harold White, 40, and Jennifer McBride, 50. Police said Jackson, Jaylin White, and Whaley were all involved in the robbery and shooting.
“Detectives do not believe the suspects were targeting the victim because of the dogs’ owner,” the LAPD shared. “However, evidence suggests the suspects knew the great value of the breed of dogs and was the motivation for the robbery.” McBride has been identified as the woman who said she found the two stolen dogs two days after the abduction. All of the defendants offered a plea of not guilty when they appeared in court this week.
“This was a brazen street crime that left a man seriously wounded,” District Attorney George Gascón stated. “We have alleged very serious charges in this case and have faith that justice will be appropriately served as this case unfolds in court.”
McBride is wearing an ankle monitor and was released on her own recognizance. Bail was set at $3 million for Jackson, $1 million for Jaylin White, $1.1 million for Whaley and $35,000 for Harold White. We are grateful to everyone involved who helped brings these dogs to safety. We hope the assailants are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Press play on the video below for more information.