Someone’s Pet Tiger Was Roaming Around a Houston Neighborhood Sunday
UPDATE 3: It looks like Victor Hugo Cuevas is in police custody, but the tigers is now missing and there's a dispute over whether Cuevas is even the owner.
According to KHOU, police say Cuevas was the man seen in footage taking the tiger back into a Houston home after it was spotted roaming free in a neighborhood. They also say he's the guy who loaded the tiger into a vehicle and sped away from the scene when police arrived to investigate.
Cuevas turned himself in to police Monday evening, and was reportedly out on bond in connection to a 2017 murder case.
Cuevas' attorney says police have no proof his client was the man who sped away with the tiger, or that he owns the animal. He had a lot to say about the Houston Police Department and Harris County's justice system, and did not mince words when talking to the press.
Meanwhile, the tiger is still out there somewhere!
This story just takes one crazy turn after another.
UPDATE 2: Man, it just keeps coming! KHOU now reports that Cuevas planned to surrender to police Monday evening.
Is Tiger King 2 in the making here?
UPDATE: This story just gets weirder.
Police are now searching for the owner of the tiger - 26-year-old Victor Hugo Cuevas.
They're not just after him for illegally keeping a tiger in Houston city limits. It turns out he's currently out on bond for a 2017 murder charge!
KHOU reports that he took off with the tiger before police arrived, and was probably trying to avoid any further trouble related to the murder charge.
Imagine if you stepped outside your front door and saw a tiger prowling around across the street? What would your first reaction be?
Today, most people's first instinct would probably be to whip out their phones and start filming.
That's what happened Sunday in Houston.
A tiger that appears to have been someone's pet was filmed roaming around a Houston neighborhood on Mother's Day.
According to KHOU, Tigers are allowed in Texas if the owners inform the sheriff, are registered, and have adequate animal insurance among other requirements, but they are not legal within Houston's city limits.
Reportedly, a concerned neighbor who spotted the tiger called Houston police. Later, an off-duty officer was seen pointing a gun at the tiger out of an abundance of caution until someone, presumably the animal's owner, came and escorted it away.
So what, did the tiger just slip out the front door the way house cats sometimes do?
This is the second time in the past two years where a tiger has been spotted on the streets of Houston.
No charges have been announced at press time, and the tiger was later put in a vehicle and taken away before police arrived.
Suppose this tiger was hungry and afraid of the people around him and attacked.
This could’ve turned out much worse!