Jennifer McBride, 50, and Harold White, 40, have been arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department. They are two of the five people charged for their alleged roles in the shooting of Ryan Fischer, 40, an assistant of Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, 35, who is professionally known as Lady Gaga.
On February 24, 2021, Fischer walked Gaga’s three French bulldogs on Sierra Bonita Avenue in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States while she was in Rome, Italy shooting a movie. Lafayette Shon Whaley, 27, Jaylin Keyshawn White, 19, and James Howard Jackson, 18, allegedly approached Fischer and stole two of the dogs.
Jackson is accused of shooting Fischer, who tried to save the dogs. Jackson, Jaylin and Whaley allegedly fled the scene in a white four-door Nissan Altima with the two stolen dogs named Gustav and Koji.
Jaylin is Harold’s son. Harold is McBride’s boyfriend.
While still in Rome, Gaga offered $500,000 for the return of her two dogs. At around 6:00 p.m. on February 26, 2021, McBride brought the dogs to the Olympic Community Police Station of the LAPD, Associated Press reported.
McBride claimed that she found Gustav and Koji tied to a pole, a story Gaga’s father Joe Germanotta, 63, never believed. He told Extra TV, “I thought it was unusual when they got the call this woman found the dogs tied to a pole.”
“That’s the most ridiculous thing I ever heard but…,” Joe continued. “You walk down the street and you see a couple of dogs tied to a pole the first thing you’re going to do is call a hotline number?”
According to Joe, Fischer is still recovering and he still needs to go through has some physical therapy. Joe described Fischer as a great kid who loves Gaga’s dogs.
Both McBride and Harold were charged with one count each of accessory after the fact. She was also charged with one count of receiving stolen property while he was charged with one count of possession of a firearm.
Jackson was charged with assault with a semiautomatic firearm and a felon carrying a concealed firearm in a vehicle while Jaylin was charged with assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury. Jackson, Jaylin and Whaley were charged with one count each of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and second-degree robbery.
On April 29, 2021, McBride, Harold, Jaylin, Jackson and Whaley pleaded not guilty. They are expected to appear in court on May 11, 2021.