Authorities have announced that the suspect in Lady Gaga’s dog theft who was mistakenly freed has been recaptured.
19-year-old James Howard Jackson, a suspect in Lady Gaga’s dog theft, has been recaptured. Jackson was mistakenly released from a Los Angeles county jail where he was being held on suspicion of shooting the pop star’s dog walker and stealing her French bulldogs.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department shared that Jackson was released due to a “clerical error” while awaiting trial. He was one of five people arrested in connection to the attack, which happened back on February 24, 2021. The U.S. Marshals Service had announced a $5,000 reward for information leading up to his arrest.
Jaylin Keyshawn White, 20, one of three men charged in the case, pleaded no contest to second-degree robbery. Deputy Dist. Atty. Michele Hanisee, in a statement to NBC4, said he was immediately sentenced to four years in state prison. According to prosecutors, Jackson and two other alleged gang members had been on a hunt for expensive french bulldogs to steal.
They spotted, tailed, and robbed Gaga’s dog walker Ryan Fischer while he walked her dogs near Sunset Boulevard. They hit, choked, and shot him during the struggle. It was all captured by the doorbell camera of a nearby home.