Months after a 19-year-old suspected of shooting Lady Gaga’s dog walker in Los Angeles was mistakenly released from prison, federal authorities are offering a reward for information on his whereabouts.
The US Marshals Service announced Monday that it will provide up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of James Howard Jackson, one of five people arrested in connection with the February 2021 incident.
Jackson appeared for a hearing on April 5 and was released the next day “due to a clerical error,” authorities said.
Greg Risling, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, told The Times in April that Jackson had been deemed fit to stand trial and that prosecutors charged him on April 6 “to expedite the court process.”
Jackson was arraigned under a new case number and later released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Risling said.
“We don’t know why they did it, but our office is working with the sheriff’s department to bring Mr. Jackson back into custody,” he said at the time.
On Tuesday, Risling referred questions about Jackson’s mistaken release to the sheriff’s department, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Ryan Fischer was walking Lady Gaga’s three French bulldogs on February 25, 2021 in Hollywood when a car stopped and two men got out.
Fischer resisted when the men tried to snatch the dogs away, and he was shot in the chest.
The attackers took two of the dogs and fled. Fischer was later released from a hospital.
Jackson was charged with pulling the trigger, prosecutors say. In addition to attempted murder, he was charged at the time of his initial arrest with assault with a semi-automatic firearm, being a felon in possession of a firearm in a vehicle, conspiracy to commit theft and second degree theft.
The dogs were recovered after a woman walked into a Los Angeles police station with the two bulldogs days after the shooting.
She said she simply encountered the dogs tied to a post and demanded a $500,000 reward the singer offered for their return, police said at the time.
That woman, 51-year-old Jennifer McBride, was later arrested.
McBride, the Los Angeles Police Department said, was in a relationship with Harold White, 41, the father of one of the men charged with assaulting Fischer.
McBride and White were charged with participating in the shooting and the robbery.
White’s son, Jaylin White, 20, along with Jackson and Lafayette Whaley, 28, have been charged with attempted murder and several other crimes stemming from the attack, police said.
Jackson is described as a dark-haired, brown-eyed black man, 5 feet 6 inches tall, and weighing about 120 pounds, the Marshals Service said.
He “should be considered armed and dangerous,” the Marshals Service said. “Anyone with information about his whereabouts should contact law enforcement immediately. Tips can be submitted through the USMS Tips app.
Los Angeles Times