Tiger Spotted Roaming Around West Houston Neighborhood
The tiger's owner, identified by police as Victor Hugo Cuevas, 26, was taken into custody Monday night, according to the Houston Police Department. Cuevas allegedly fled the scene with the tiger Sunday night just as police were arriving. Police said Cuevas was charged Monday afternoon with felony evading police.
During an earlier news conference, Houston Police Commander Ron Borza said Cuevas was previously arrested in July 2020 and charged with murder stemming from a 2017 fatal shooting outside a sushi restaurant in Fort Bend County, Texas. He was free on $250,000 bail.
Imagine taking a family walk with your dog and seeing a tiger roaming around your neighborhood. That is exactly what happened to Daine and her family while taking an evening walk, as reported by KPRC in Houston. The tiger was seen prowling around the front yard of a home in Fleetwood on Ivy Wall Drive in West Houston just before 8 o'clock on Sunday evening.
The tiger walked toward a Waller County deputy who lives in the neighborhood and the deputy pulled out his service weapon. A man from a nearby home then came out saying, “Don’t shoot, don’t shoot!” The man, who said it was his tiger, took the animal inside the home. “He came up to the tiger himself and leaned down and kissed the tiger, and then took him by his collar,” Diane, a neighbor, told KPRC 2. The homeowner then came back outside with the tiger, loaded the animal into his truck, and left before police came to the scene. SEE VIDEO BELOW.
Just a few months ago, a tiger was also spotted in San Antonio by another person talking a walk through their neighborhood. Azul Cruz was walking down Elk Runner Street on the Southwest side of San Antonio looking for her lost dog. Azul says she spotted the tiger cub living in one of the backyards on that street.
Texas has no statewide law forbidding private ownership of tigers and other big cats, although many local jurisdictions do have policies forbidding ownership of these animals. Read the full story by clicking here.