The three, described by Los Angeles police as “documented gang members”, allegedly approached Lady Gaga’s dog walker while he was with the singer’s French bulldogs near Sunset Boulevard on February 24.
Three men were charged with attempted murder and theft on Thursday in the stealing of Lady Gaga’s dogs in February, officials said, a crime that saw her dog walker shot in a Hollywood street.
The suspects are three men aged 18, 19 and 27, and two have also been charged with assault, the Los Angeles prosecutor’s office said in a statement.
“This was a blatant street crime that left a man seriously injured,” said prosecutor George Gascon, highlighting the “very serious” nature of the case.
The three, described by Los Angeles police as “documented gang members”, allegedly approached Lady Gaga’s dog walker, Ryan Fischer, while he was with the singer’s French bulldogs near Sunset Boulevard on February 24.
Two suspects got out of a vehicle and demanded that Fischer deliver the animals at gunpoint. He was shot once in a fight with the two men who ran away with two of the dogs, Koji and Gustav, police said.
A third dog, Miss Asia, fled during the encounter before returning to the injured Fischer, and was later recovered by police at the scene.
Police said they did not believe the suspects were targeting dogs because of their famous owner, but because French bulldogs are a coveted breed that can be sold for thousands of dollars.
Two other suspects, considered to be accomplices by prosecutors, include a 50-year-old woman who handed the pets over to the police two days after the theft.
She said she found them on the street after Lady Gaga offered a $ 500,000 reward for her safe return.
Authorities said the fifth suspect had a relationship with the 50-year-old woman and was the father of one of the three attackers.