Police are searching for one of the suspects accused of shooting Lady Gaga’s dog walker during a robbery last year after authorities mistakenly released him in custody on Wednesday.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is “currently investigating the inadvertent release” of James Howard Jackson, LASD Deputy Veronica Fantom said in a statement to USA TODAY.
Jackson, 19, is among five people charged in the case. Jackson, Jaylin White and Lafayette Whaley have been charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and second degree robbery. Jennifer McBride and Harold White have been charged with complicity in attempted murder.
Jackson is accused of shooting the pop star dog walker Ryan Fischer.
Jackson was in court at the Clara Shortridge Criminal Justice Center on Tuesday and was released Wednesday “due to a clerical error,” Fantom confirmed.
The statement adds that the office is “actively working” to return Jackson to custody.
White and Whaley are still in jail, according to online records.
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Fischer was walking three of Lady Gaga’s dogs in February 2021 when a man approached the dog walker and shot him once, according to Los Angeles Police Department officer Drake Madison.
After the incident, Lady Gaga called Fischer a “hero.” The dog walker shared his heartbreaking journey to recovery in social media posts.
In May, more details about the attack emerged in a felony complaint, filed by Los Angeles Superior Court prosecutors and obtained by The Associated Press.
Whaley drove Jackson and White around Hollywood, the city of West Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley on Feb. 24 “looking for French bulldogs,” the felony complaint said.
The trio followed Fischer as he led the dogs – named Asia, Koji and Gustav – down famous Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles prosecutors wrote. They turned off the lights of a white sedan and followed him down a lonely street.
Jackson and White jumped out and attacked Fischer, robbing Koji and Gustav in a violent struggle captured on doorbell camera from a nearby house. They punched and choked Fischer, prosecutors said, and Jackson pulled out a semi-automatic pistol and fired, hitting Fischer once before fleeing.
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The camera recorded the dog walker shouting “Oh, my God! I have been shot! and “Help me!” and “I’m bleeding from my chest!”
Over the next two days, White’s father, Harold White, and Jennifer McBride, who was in a relationship with the eldest White, were involved in the robbery, prosecutors wrote. They reportedly helped young White avoid arrest, and McBride turned the dogs over to police on February 26.
She claimed she found the animals tied to a post, police said at the time, and asked about Lady Gaga’s offer of a $500,000 reward if the dogs were returned.” no questions asked.” The singer was in Rome at the time shooting a movie.
Police initially said McBride appeared “uninvolved and unassociated” with the crime. She is accused of having received stolen goods worth more than $950, in addition to being an accomplice after the fact.
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Contributor: Charles Trepany, USA TODAY; Stefanie Dazio, Associated Press