A gunman accused of shooting and seriously injuring Lady Gaga’s dog walker and stealing her two French bulldogs has been mistakenly released from prison.
James Jackson, 19, was facing an attempted murder charge when he was released from Los Angeles County Jail on Wednesday “due to a clerical error,” the sheriff’s department said.
The sheriff’s major crimes office is working to find him, a spokesperson said.
Jackson was one of five people arrested in connection with the February 24, 2021 attack in Hollywood.
Prosecutors said 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 Sunset Boulevard.
During a fierce struggle, Mr Fischer was hit, choked and then shot in an attack captured by the doorbell camera of a nearby house.
The camera recorded the dog walker shouting “Oh, my God. I have been shot! and “Help me!” and “I’m bleeding from the chest”.
Mr. Fischer lost part of a lung.
“While I am deeply concerned about the events leading up to his release, I am confident that law enforcement will rectify the error,” Fischer said in a statement obtained by KABC-TV.
“I call on Mr. Jackson to surrender to the authorities, so that the resolution of the crime committed against me takes its course, whatever the outcome the courts determine.”
The pop star’s dogs were returned two days later by a woman who claimed to have found them tied to a pole 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.
She has been charged with receiving stolen property and another suspect’s father is accused of helping him avoid arrest.
Jackson had already pleaded not guilty when the county attorney’s office filed a replacement indictment on Tuesday charging him with attempted murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and assault with a semi-automatic firearm. automatique.
The move was made “to expedite the court process” and Jackson was arraigned Wednesday under a new case number, the district attorney’s office said in a statement.
“Mr. Jackson was later released from custody by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. We don’t know why they did so,” the statement read.