Lady Gaga’s Dog Theft Suspect Who Was Accidentally Freed Is Recaptured

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James Howard Jackson was accidentally released from prison where he was being held on suspicion of shooting Lady Gaga’s dog walker and stealing her French bulldogs. (U.S. Marshals Service)

A suspect accidentally released from a Los Angeles County jail where he was held on suspicion of shooting Lady Gaga’s dog walker and stealing her French bulldogs has been recaptured, authorities said.

James Howard Jackson, 19, was arrested Wednesday, nearly five months after being released from prison on “an administrative error” pending trial, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.

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Jackson was one of five people arrested in connection with the February 24, 2021 Hollywood attack.

Last month, the US Marshals Service announced a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to his arrest.

Jackson’s arrest comes as one of three men charged in the case did not plead a second-degree robbery.

Jaylin Keyshawn White, 20, was immediately sentenced to four years in state prison, Deputy Dist. atty. That’s what Michele Hanisee told NBC4.

Prosecutors said Jackson and two other alleged gang members drove around looking for expensive French bulldogs to steal, then saw, tracked and robbed Ryan Fischer as he walked Lady Gaga’s dogs near Sunset Boulevard. Fischer was with the pop star’s three dogs, Asia, Koji and Gustav.

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During a violent struggle, Fischer was hit, suffocated and then shot during an attack captured by a nearby home’s doorbell camera.

The video captured Fischer screaming, “Oh my God! I got shot!” and “Help me!” and “I’m bleeding from my chest!”

Fischer lost part of a lung. About a month after the crime, he posted on Instagram that his recovery has gone well.

The pop star’s dogs were returned two days later by a woman who said she found them tied to a post and asked about Lady Gaga’s offer of a $500,000 reward if the dogs were returned “without questions asked.” The singer was in Rome at the time to shoot a movie.

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The woman was charged with receiving stolen goods, and the father of another suspect is charged with helping to avoid arrest.

Jackson had already been charged with the assault and pleaded not guilty when the district attorney’s office filed a replacement charge accusing him of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit a robbery and assault with a semiautomatic firearm.

This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

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