LOS ANGELES UNITED STATES.- Three men were driving through the area of Hollywood looking for expensive french bulldog dogs to steal, prosecutors said. Their night ended in a shooting and the violent robbery of the pop star’s beloved pets.
The theft generated headlines around the world, and caused French bulldog owners to be afraid to walk. Few clues were revealed about the case or the circumstances of the disappearance of the dogs.
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The complaint filed by prosecutors in Los Angeles Superior Court Thursday and obtained by The Associated Press on Monday reveals new details about the attack and its background.
What is known?
Five people were charged in the case, three men and two alleged accomplices. All have pleaded not guilty.
The connection with Lady Gaga it was a coincidence, authorities have said. The reason was the value of French bulldogs, a breed that can sell for thousands of dollars, and detectives don’t believe the thieves knew they belonged to the pop star.
The three men in a sedan car – James Jackson, of 18 years; Jaylin White, of 19; Y Lafayette Whaley, 27 – were arrested last week on suspicion of attempted murder and robbery. Jackson is also accused of shooting Lady Gaga’s dog walker, Ryan Fischer.
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The trio – alleged gang members nicknamed Infant Dice, Lil Gudda and LFace, respectively – will have to appear in court again on May 11.
Whaley drove Jackson and White through Hollywood, West Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley on February 24 “looking for French bulldogs,” the complaint states. They found Fischer and the three dogs he was keeping in Hollywood.
The trio followed Fischer as he walked the dogs – named Asia, Koji and Gustav – down the famous Sunset Boulevard, prosecutors wrote. They turned off the lights on the white sedan and followed him down a little-traveled alternate lane.
Jackson and White quickly got out of the car and attacked Fischer, taking Koji and Gustav away in a violent fight captured on camera at the entrance of a nearby house. They beat and suffocated Fischer, prosecutors say, and Jackson pulled out a semi-automatic weapon and fired, wounding Fischer once before escaping.
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The camera recorded the dog walker yelling “Oh my God! They shot me! ”,“ Help! ” and “I’m bleeding from my chest!”
After the robbery …
In the two days that followed, White’s father, Harold White, and Jennifer McBride, who was in a relationship with White Sr., became involved in the case, prosecutors said. They allegedly helped young White avoid arrest and McBride returned the dogs to police on February 26.
McBride claimed he found the animals tied to a light pole, police said at the time, and asked questions about Lady Gaga’s $ 500,000 reward offer if the dogs were returned “no questions asked.” The singer was in Rome at the time filming a movie.
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Police initially said McBride appeared “not involved in or associated” with the crime. She is now charged with receiving stolen property worth more than $ 950, in addition to being an accessory after the robbery.
Jaylin White remains in custody and has been set on a bond of more than $ 1 million, according to prison records. Jackson is in custody and has bail of nearly $ 3 million and Whaley’s bail is $ 1.1 million. White Sr., who is also a gang member with the nickname Lil Porky, was released from prison on Saturday, and McBride was released Monday pending her next court appearance.
McBride’s attorney could not be reached for comment. It is unknown if the others involved have attorneys who could make statements on their behalf.
Lady Gaga and Fischer have not spoken publicly about the arrests. Fischer is recovering from the shooting and has said on social media that violence was “a very close call to death.”
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