A suspect in the kidnapping of Lady Gaga’s dogs has been arrested once again after he was released due to a “clerical error” in April 2022, as stated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
James Howard Jackson, 19, was one of the five men arrested in relation to the shooting of Ryan Fischer, Lady Gaga’s dog walker, during an attempt to kidnap the singer’s three French bulldogs.
On April 6, 2022, Jackson was mistakenly released from police custody but was recaptured on Wednesday, August 3 following a search by law enforcement agencies, including the US Marshal Service, reports CNN.
Lady Gaga dog-kidnapping suspect found
Jackson was recaptured whilst hiding out in a high desert community in northern Los Angeles County, authorities told Rolling Stone.
The attempted murder suspect was reportedly “apprehended without incident” in Palmdale, California during a search warrant. His arrest came the same day 20-year-old Jaylin White, another suspect in the case, pleaded no contest to one count of second-degree robbery. White also admitted to an allegation that a member of the group was armed during the February 24 dog-napping and shooting, states DA office spokesman Greg Risling.
The 20-year-old has been sentenced to four years in prison, while charges are still pending against a third suspect.
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Home surveillance footage captured the terrifying moment Fischer was attacked by two men on Sierra Bonita Avenue whilst walking with the singer’s pets, named Asia, Gustav, and Koji.
Video showed a light-colored sedan approaching before assailants jumped out at Fischer. He could be heard screaming “Help me! I’ve been shot!” as the attackers drove away in their vehicle.
The dog walker suffered a non-fatal gunshot wound to the chest, reportedly leaving him with a collapsed lung. Assailants escaped with Koji and Gustav, prompting the Bad Romance singer to offer a $500,000 reward. Two days later, a woman identified as Jenny McBride, returned them to Los Angeles Police Station.
She allegedly paid $950 for the dogs and turned them in, hoping to collect the reward, though it’s unknown whether she received it.
McBride was later discovered to be in a relationship with the father of one of the suspects and was subsequently arrested on suspicion of accessory attempted murder, reports The Guardian. She was released on bond in May 2021.