US Marshals are looking for a suspect in the kidnapping of Lady Gaga’s dog with a $5,000 reward

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US offers reward to help find man suspected of kidnapping pop singer Lady Gaga’s French Bulldogs and shooting her dog walker last year, with law enforcement saying he had been “mistakenly released” from a Los Angeles prison.

The US Marshals Service is offering a reward of “up to $5,000” for information leading to the arrest of 19-year-old James Howard Jackson, it said in a statement. statement In Monday.

“Jackson should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information about his whereabouts should contact law enforcement immediately, he added.

Jackson was one of three people charged with attempted murder and robbery following the abduction of the French Bulldogs belonging to Lady Gaga on February 24, 2021. He was “erroneously released on April 6, 2022, in due to a clerical error”. the statement said, without giving further details.

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Dog walker Ryan Fischer was ambushed by two men around 9:40 p.m. near Sunset Boulevard, the LAPD said at the time. When he refused to let go of the animals, one of the men pulled a gun, shot him in the chest and grabbed the two dogs. A third dog, Asia, was unharmed after Fischer grabbed the animal as it was bleeding on the sidewalk.

Fischer was hospitalized but survived. Jackson allegedly shot Fischer with a “.40 caliber handgun”, US Marshals said.

The incident made global headlines last year with emotional pleas of the singer on social media for the return of her “beloved” pets.

With their stocky bodies and friendly demeanor, French Bulldogs, sometimes called Frenchies, are popular in the United States, becoming the second most popular dog breed in the country after Labrador Retrievers in 2020, according to the American Kennel Club. However, they are expensive, with prices often ranging from $1,500 to $5,000 or more, and have been targeted in recent years by dognappers hoping to sell them.

Lady Gaga’s dogs, Koji and Gustav, were returned two days after the incident. She had offered a reward of $500,000.

Police arrested five people in April in connection with the attack. Jaylin White, 19, Lafayette Whaley, 27, and Jackson have all been charged with one count of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and second-degree robbery, US Marshals said – federal law enforcement officers under the Ministry of Justice. The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said it requested the assistance of the US Marshals Service in tracking down and arresting Jackson.

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The “Bad Romance” and “Paparazzi” singer, who goes by the name Stefani Germanotta, 36, has not publicly commented on the award. Fischer, the dog walker, job on Instagram at the time of Jackson’s mistaken April exit that he was “deeply concerned.” But he added: ‘I am confident law enforcement will rectify the error.

He also called on Jackson to surrender.

“I ask Mr. Jackson to surrender to the authorities, so that the resolution of the crime committed against me takes its course, whatever the result determined by the courts,” he added. “Thank you to everyone who is supporting me during this time.”