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LOS ANGELES — A suspect mistakenly released from a Los Angeles County jail where he was being held on suspicion of shooting Lady Gaga’s dog walker and stealing her French bulldogs has been recaptured, it has been announced authorities.
James Howard Jackson, 19, was arrested Wednesday nearly five months after being released from prison pending trial “due to a clerical error,” the county sheriff’s department said in a statement.
Jackson was one of five people arrested in connection with the February 24, 2021 attack in Hollywood.
Last month, the US Marshals Service announced a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to his arrest.
Jackson’s arrest comes as one of the three men charged in the case has not contested second-degree robbery.
Jaylin Keyshawn White, 20, was immediately sentenced to four years in state prison, Assistant District Attorney Michele Hanisee told NBC4.
Prosecutors say Jackson and two other suspected gang members led a search for expensive French bulldogs to steal, then spotted, tracked and robbed Ryan Fischer as he walked Lady Gaga’s dogs near famous Sunset Boulevard. Fischer was with the pop star’s three dogs named Asia, Koji and Gustav.
During a violent struggle, Fischer was hit, choked and then shot in an attack captured by the doorbell camera of a nearby house.
The video captured Fischer shouting, “Oh my God! I’ve been shot!” and “Help me!” and “I’m bleeding from my chest!”
Fischer lost part of a lung. About a month after the crime, he posted on Instagram that his recovery had gone well.
The pop star’s dogs were returned two days later by a woman who claimed to have found them tied to a post 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.
The woman has been charged with receiving stolen property and the father of another suspect is accused of helping him avoid arrest.
Jackson had already been charged with the attack and pleaded not guilty when the county attorney’s office filed a superseding indictment charging him with attempted murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and assault. with a semi-automatic firearm.