Los Angeles police say they’ve arrested five individuals in connection with an armed robbery that resulted in the abduction of two French Bulldogs owned by musician Lady Gaga and left the star’s dog walker, Ryan Fischer, critically injured.
Fischer, was shot in the chest during the February 24 incident on Sierra Bonita Avenue in Hollywood. The injuries were so severe that, even after Fischer was initially discharged from the hospital, he soon had to return to have portions removed from a collapsed lung.
Authorities have not revealed the identities of most of the suspects, but sources did note to People that it appeared the dogs were always the specific target of the robbery, and that the crime was likely committed by “individuals that recognize the value of the dogs.”
One of the five suspects in custody is the woman who turned the dogs, Koji and Gustav, into police two days after the robbery. Initially, police had told reporters that she was not considered to be a person of interest in the investigation.
TMZ now reports, however, that sources indicate she may have been brought into the plot after the fact, when another of the arrested parties “recruited her to drop off the dogs and claim the reward money.” She and the person who recruited her are reportedly being booked on accessory charges, while the other three individuals–the crew that carried out the robbery itself–are facing attempted murder and robbery charges.
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