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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was robbed at gunpoint by three men in a terrifying incident in Los Angeles earlier this month, TMZ Sports reports.

The incident took place on June 17, when the 28-year-old Lakers guard was in his driveway at around 4 a.m. talking with friends.

Sources tell TMZ a car pulled up and three men jumped out with guns drawn. The robbers ordered KCP and his friends to hand over their cash and valuables, including a Rolex watch and an iPhone.

The thieves made off with about $150,000 worth of cash and jewelry.

No shots were fired and KCP was not injured in the armed robbery.

The LAPD is currently investigating the early morning robbery.

KCP -- who signed a 3-year, $39 million contract with the Lakers in 2020 -- started 67 games and averaged 9.7 points per game this season.

The Lakers were eliminated in the first round of the NBA playoffs by the Phoenix Suns earlier this month.

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The 5 suspects who stole two of Lady Gaga's prized French bulldogs and shot her dogwalker pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday.

The liberal judge, Victoria Wilson, ordered no photographs of the five suspects in court to shield their identities.

Three of the suspects — James Jackson, 18; Jaylin White, 19; and Lafayette Whaley, 27 — were charged with attempted murder and armed robbery, according to the LAPD.

Two other suspects -- Harold White, the 40-year-old father of Jaylin White, and his girlfriend Jennifer McBride, 50, were charged with being accessories after the fact.

McBride was released on bail and ordered to remain on house arrest with an ankle monitor after her lawyer argued that she is a diabetic and did not have her insulin with her.

Jackson was held on $3 million bail, according to Dailymail.com. The others are being held without bail.

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All five are charged with armed robbery and the theft of pop singer Lady Gaga's dogs on Feb. 24.

Gaga's father, Joe Germanotta, told Entertainment Tonight: "That's fabulous news. I hope the L.A. prosecutor doesn't let them go.

"It's taken a while and I'm proud of the police department out there for sticking with it. As I said, I just hope that the DA doesn't let them go now. I'm going to give my daughter a call. I'm sure she'll be happy."

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Gaga's dogs were returned to her 2 days after the incident when she offered a $500,000 reward for their safe return. Jennifer McBride contacted Gaga's people via email and claimed she found the dogs in an alley.

However, police reviewed surveillance video of the woman dropping the dogs off car the location where she claimed she found them. McBride turned the dogs over to the Los Angeles Police about 7 miles from where they were taken at gunpoint.

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Gaga did not pay out the $500,000 reward because detectives were suspicious that McBride might be linked to the dognappers.

McBride is charged as an alleged accessory after the fact, as well as on one count of receiving stolen property.

According to Los Angeles Police Department officials, Harold White was also charged as an accessory after the fact and with a count of possession of a firearm, while James Jackson, Jaylin White and Lafayette Whaley have been have each been charged with one count of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and second-degree robbery.

Jackson also faces two further firearm charges, assault with a semiautomatic firearm and a felon carrying a concealed firearm in a vehicle, and White faces a count of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury.

Detectives don't believe the suspects - who are all Los Angeles gang members - targeted Gaga's dogwalker Ryan Fischer. They believe greed and the high value of the dogs were the motivating factors.

Ryan was shot when he was walking Gaga's three dogs – Miss Asia, Koji, and Gustavo – and during the attack, Miss Asia ran away from the scene while Koji and Gustavo were captured by the robbers.

Miss Asia was later recovered and returned the same day, before Koji and Gustavo were found two days after the shooting.

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The suspects who allegedly dognapped Lady Gaga's 2 French Bulldogs and shot her dog walker have been arrested, law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

Multiple law enforcement sources tell TMZ the alleged shooter and the getaway driver were arrested on a variety of charges, including attempted murder and robbery. They were arrested Thursday.

A woman who reportedly found the prized dogs tied to a pole in an alley was also arrested.

According to law enforcement sources, police were suspicious of the woman from the beginning and that's why Gaga was advised by cops not to pay the $500,000 reward.

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Police obtained video of where the suspects left the dogs in an alley days after the February 24 dognapping. The footage became key in hunting down the alleged criminals.

Police initially thought the armed robbery was a gang initiation, but they later decided the robbery and shooting were linked to a dog-stealing ring. French Bulldogs are worth a lot of money to heartless criminals.

The dogwalker, Ryan Fischer, was released from the hospital and has since moved out of the neighborhood where the armed robbery occurred.

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A high school basketball and track team coach died when he and his brother-in-law attempted to rob a Mexican drug cartel stash house in North Carolina.

Police say Barney Harris and his brother-in-law Steven Stewart Jr. used cell phone apps to pinpoint the locations of the Sinaloa New Generation Cartel stash houses.

Authorities say Harris lived a double life. He coached high school basketball while moonlighting to steal money and drugs from cartels.

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Harris (left) and Stewart (right) apparently targeted the cartels because their members are unlikely to call the police when they are robbed.

Unfortunately, the cartel members had more firepower and a gunfight ensued when Harris and Alexander broke into the mobile home in the early morning hours of April 8.

Harris's bullet-riddled body was found in one of the bedrooms. His bulletproof vest offered little protection against the cartel's high-powered arsenal.

The high school where Harris coached basketball and taught Spanish honored him with a memorial page. However, the page was removed when the circumstances surrounding Harris's death were revealed.
 

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There's a new sheriff in town. Chicago's violent crime has gone unchecked for far too long. Now the Biden administration is doing something about it.

Chicago's violence has impacted victims as far south as Georgia. Gun violence and murders spiraled out of control in Atlanta and the surrounding suburbs during the lockdowns in 2020.

Frightened Chicago residents reached out to Washington for help. That help has come in the form of severe prison sentences for federal crimes such as carjackings.

A carjacker in Chicago now faces life in prison rather than the customary bail and a slap on the wrist.

The FBI's field office in Chicago tweeted on Thursday: "Federal time for a federal crime. If you carjack a vehicle in #Chicago, you could face a lifetime behind bars."

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The FBI continued:

"...but it's just a car.

In reality, it's so much more. It's a victim, it's a trauma, and sometimes it's a life.

Violent carjackings happen at gunpoint with repeat offenders pointing weapons at innocent people. Rushing to escape, carjackers cause accidents that claim more lives.

No one should have to live in fear of being carjacked. It's a big issue, and it deserves a big response. We’re partnering with law enforcement and the courts—both federally and locally—to investigate and prosecute these crimes to the fullest extent of the law."

Chicagoans who are wary of lenient Chicago lawmakers expressed relief on Twitter.

On Twitter user wrote: "Bout f---in time."

Another wrote: "We Must take All Carjackings prosecutions Away from Kimberly Foxx. Charge these so call teenagers Federally as adults. Additionally, FBI Chicago must look into any and All connections between Kim Foxx and the Chicago gangs. Look under the hood."

And a third Twitter user wrote: "Thankfully there are honorable men and women that will do the job that @SAKimFoxx refuses to do!"

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A South Florida teenager is in jail charged with kidnapping and killing a Fort Lauderdale real estate agent.

Henry Lee Lewis III, 15, is being held without bond following his arrest on second-degree murder and armed robbery charges in the shooting death of 37-year-old Stefano Barbosa.

Police say Lewis accosted Barbosa who was on his way to meet with tenants on February 1, Fox News reported.

The masked teen forced Barbosa to drive to a nearby bank at gunpoint and ordered him to withdraw $1,000 out of an ATM machine.

Barbosa made two separate $500 withdrawals, according to investigators who reviewed bank records.

After withdrawing the cash, Lewis allegedly ordered Barbosa to drive a few miles away and then shot him point blank in the chest.

The car swerved off the road, crashed through a fence and hit a tree. Lewis then fled on foot.

A resident heard the crash and called 911, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported. Police found Barbosa unresponsive in his car with a bullet wound to the chest.

School workers were able to identify Lewis from surveillance video, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

Lewis was already in police custody on unrelated charges.

He has a lengthy criminal history dating back to a firearms charge when he was just 12, according to the news outlet.

The boy will be tried as an adult to ensure that he will not be released from a juvenile jail at age 18.

"These types of decisions are very difficult to make but I believe this is the correct decision in this case and in these circumstances," Broward State Attorney Harold F. Pryor said in a statement.

"This young person's issues are so significant that they require treatment, help and services beyond what the juvenile justice system can provide at this time. If this case were to be handled as a juvenile matter, he would have to be released from the juvenile justice system at age 18."
 

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An Indianapolis rapper is being charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 39-year-old man he met via a dating app.

Diabolique Paris Johnson, 34, was arrested in the shooting death of Joshua J. Smelser in the victim's home in Detroit last September.

After shooting Smelser multiple times, witnesses saw Johnson leave the man's home with his backpack, which contained his wallet, credit cards and cellphone.

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Johnson, a down low aspiring rapper (pictured), is also accused of robbing a 26-year-old man four days earlier at a hotel in Dearborn.

Both victims were Caucasian men who were "hunted" by Johnson on same-sex dating apps, police say.

Johnson was arrested in Indianapolis on December 4 and extradited to Michigan this week, WDIV reported.

He was charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of felony firearm possession.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy joined forces with the Fair Michigan Justice Project, an organization that helps law enforcement investigate crimes against the LGBT+ community.

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Lady Gaga's father says the two thugs who shot the pop singer's dog walker, Ryan Fischer, and stole her two French bulldogs should face harsh punishment.

Ryan Fischer was ambushed on Wednesday night, Feb. 24, while he was walking the pop superstar's three French bulldogs near his home in Los Angeles.

He was approached by two Black males, ages 20 to 25, who shot him once in the chest and fled with two of Gaga's dogs, Koji and Gustav.

Fischer, 30, is stable and recovering well in a hospital.

Gaga praised Fischer as a "hero" and offered $500,000 for the safe return of her beloved pets.

A woman found the two dogs tied to a pole in an alleyway and emailed Gaga, who is on location filming a movie in Rome, Italy.

The woman was instructed to hand the dogs over to police, and sources tell TMZ the "Born This Way" singer plans to honor her word and reward the woman with the finder's fee.

The suspects are still at large, but Gaga's dad, Joe Germanotta, wants them to be charged with assault and attempted murder.

"Letting Koji and Gustav go unharmed was nice but they must be punished for what they did to Ryan," he told Fox News. "Special thanks to the doctors and nurses in the emergency room."

"I am relieved that Ryan is going to be OK and Koji and Gustav were found. Thanks to the LAPD."

Germanotta is the owner of "Art Bird & Whiskey Bar" restaurant at Grand Central Station in New York City.

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Lady Gaga's beloved French bulldogs were returned safely after her dog walker, Ryan Fischer, was shot during a botched robbery attempt late Wednesday.

Fischer, 30, was shot once in the chest during the robbery. He is in stable condition and recovering at a hospital.

A woman dropped off the dogs at the LAPD's Olympic Community Police Station, just northwest of downtown, around 6 p.m. Friday, said Captain Jonathan Tippett.

Tippett, who heads the elite robbery unit, said the woman was "uninvolved and unassociated" with the violent dognapping incident. He did not say how she came into possession of the pooches.

Lady Gaga's represented arrived at the station and confirmed the two dogs are Koji and Gustav.

Lady Gaga, who is in Rome, Italy filming a movie, shared a slideshow of the missing dogs on Instagram on Friday. She repeated her offer of a $500,000 reward for the return of her dogs -- no questions asked.

"My heart is sick and I am praying my family will be whole again with an act of kindness," she wrote.

Sources close to Gaga tell TMZ she cried "tears of joy" when she heard Koji and Gustav were safe.

It is unclear if the woman who dropped off the dogs is eligible to claim the reward.

In her post, Gaga declared her love for Fischer who nearly gave his life for her dogs.

"I continue to love you Ryan Fischer, you risked your life to fight for our family. You're forever a hero," she wrote in an Instagram post.

Police described the dognappers as two Black males, 20 to 25 years of age. The shooter had blond dreadlocks. They fled the scene in a late model white Nissan Altima.

 

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Dog walking companies in Hollywood have increased security and dog walkers are arming themselves after Lady Gaga's dog walker was shot and her beloved French bulldogs stolen.

Two of the singer's dogs -- Koji and Gustav -- are still missing. A third French bulldog, Miss Asia, escaped and was recovered by police.

TMZ contacted dog walking companies in the Hollywood area to get their thoughts on the violent dognapping incident that occurred late Wednesday.

Several companies said they're increasing security and changing their dog walking schedules to prevent a repeat of what happened to Gaga's pups.

Anna Marie Arredondo, owner of Happy Heart Pet Care in WeHo, tells TMZ she's applying for a concealed carry permit.

She also plans to take jiu-jitsu classes to protect herself and her clients' pets. All nighttime walks will take place in well-lit, highly-trafficked areas.

Renee Lutz, owner of Fetch! Pet Care in the Hollywood Hills, tells TMZ she's giving all 38 of her dog walkers pepper spray and flashlights. She's also canceling nighttime walks.

All the owners TMZ spoke to said they'll continue to walk French Bulldogs -- a coveted breed that retail for $3,000 to $10,000.

TMZ obtained horrifying surveillance camera video that captured the shooting of Ryan Fischer, 30, and the dog abduction.

Lady Gaga's team confirmed to PEOPLE that Gaga "wanted" the surveillance video "to be seen to catch the shooter and recover her dogs."

She offered $500,000 for the safe return of her pets.

Fischer, who was shot once in the chest, is listed in critical but stable condition at an area hospital.
 

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