Do y’all remember the unfortunate dog walking incident that left Lady Gaga’s French bulldogs missing and her dog walker hospitalized? The 19-year-old suspect accused of the dog-napping was taken into police custody last year, and is now a free man after he was mistakenly released.
According to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, authorities are searching for James Howard Jackson, who was released Wednesday “due to a clerical error.”
“The investigation is continuing and the LASD Major Crimes Bureau is actively working to get Mr. Jackson back into custody,” the statement read.
NBC News reports that Jackson appeared before a judge on Tuesday. Records show the charges against him were dismissed and he was released the following day. As we previously reported, Jackson is one of three men charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to commit robbery, and second-degree robbery for the shooting of Lady Gaga’s dog walker Ryan Fischer.
Fischer was reportedly walking Lady Gaga’s three dogs last February when he was attacked. Video footage of the incident shows two men jumping out of a white sedan and a struggle started to ensue before one man fired a single shot at Fischer.
Lady Gaga offered a $500,000 reward for the return of Kojo and Gustav, and they were returned two days later to an LAPD station by a woman. The police initially stated she was “uninvolved and unassociated” with the crime. She reported that she found the dogs and responded to an email address associated with the reward.
It was later revealed that she was in a relationship with the father of one of the dog-napping suspects.
Ryan Fischer spoke out about a week after the incident, explaining that he nearly died as a result of the shooting.
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