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Crime Man Who Was Previously Charged with Murder Is Allegedly on the Run with Pet Tiger Spotted Roaming Houston

04:40  11 may  2021
04:40  11 may  2021 Source:   people.com

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A Houston man is wanted after his pet tiger was spotted outside in a city neighborhood.

a person posing for the camera: HPD Victor Hugo Cuevas © Provided by People HPD Victor Hugo Cuevas

Victor Hugo Cuevas, 26, has been charged with felony evading arrest after he allegedly fled Houston Police Department patrol officers Monday morning, police said in a Twitter statement.

Neighbors first noticed the tiger roaming around a front yard on Sunday.

"I believe the NextDoor app notice went out, and an off-duty deputy came to the house and confronted the owner of the tiger," HPD Commander Ron Borza said in a press conference earlier on Monday.

There was a "brief confrontation about the tiger being out in public, which is against city ordinance to have a tiger here in the city of Houston. The owner of the tiger took the tiger back into the residence."

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a man looking at the camera: Victor Hugo Cuevas © HPD Victor Hugo Cuevas

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The HPD later arrived at the house, and Cuevas allegedly put the tiger in a white Jeep Cherokee and fled the scene, Borza said. He added later in the press conference that the suspect also owns two monkeys, which are legal in Houston if they weigh under 30 lbs., and that it was unclear if Cuevas had the monkeys with him.

Houston Highways Turning Into Wild Kingdom With Tiger, Alligators, Cows

  Houston Highways Turning Into Wild Kingdom With Tiger, Alligators, Cows Drivers around Houston over the last few days must be thinking, "holy cow!" And tigers, alligators, horses and monkeys, too.Just a few days after a driver hit a 300-pound, 10-foot alligator on Grand Parkway and dragged it at 70 mph for a mile, a tiger got loose and was seen near Highway 6 and Memorial drive. At the end of April, a cow was moseying along faster than the stalled traffic on I-10 East, and it was the same day another alligator made its way upon the tall Fred Hartman Bridge between La Porte and Baytown.

"There was a brief pursuit, and the man got away with the tiger," he said. "We are actively looking for him today."

Cuevas is currently out on a $250,000 bond for a 2020 murder charge.

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"My main concern right now is focusing on finding him and finding the tiger, because what I don't want him to do is harm the tiger. We have plenty of places we could take that tiger and keep it safe and give it a home for the rest of its life."

Borza said that the investigation is still in its "preliminary" stages and is ongoing. Anyone who sees Cuevas is encouraged to call at 713-222-TIPS.

"Obviously, if you see a Cherokee with a big tiger in it, you need to call us," Borza said.

Legal representation for Cuevas could not immediately be identified by PEOPLE. It is not clear if Cuevas had entered a plea for his 2020 murder charge.

Tiger That Was on the Loose in Houston Has Been Turned in to Authorities and 'Appears to Be Unharmed' .
India the tiger was turned in to authorities on Saturday and will soon be moved to an animal sanctuary It is illegal to own a tiger in Houston, according to Borza, but Gia is not currently facing charges. HPD Major Offenders Commander Ron Borza is relieved “India” the ???? is now safe: https://t.co/3w2CZznKu9 pic.twitter.

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