A person in Texas was apprehended after an enormous Bengal tiger – apparently his – obtained free in a residential neighborhood in Houston, sending residents into panic. Whereas the person was arrested, the massive cat stays on the lam.
The Houston Police Division stated the person, recognized as 26-year-old Victor Hugo Cuevas, was introduced into custody on Monday evening, however urged the general public to assist find the still-missing Bengal tiger, which was noticed, and filmed, roaming a suburban road on Sunday.
Whereas Cuevas was current on the scene when the tiger first obtained free – seen in footage arguing with an off-duty deputy as he tried to get the animal again inside his house – police say he later fled the scene in an SUV, bringing the cat with him. Officers briefly gave chase, however Cuevas evaded them earlier than his eventual seize on Monday night.
Authorities are trying to find a person whose tiger was discovered wandering round a neighborhood in Houston.An armed off-duty sheriff’s deputy instructed the person to take his tiger inside earlier than the caretaker rushed the tiger away in a white automobile as police arrived. https://t.co/bMe66Ok2O5pic.twitter.com/DZxa7wVvkV
— ABC Information (@ABC) Could 10, 2021
Although Cuevas is heard claiming he’s “with the zoo” within the footage, suggesting he’s the animal’s authorized caretaker, the Houston Zoo stated it has no affiliation with the person, in accordance to the Houston Chronicle. Tigers and plenty of different unique animals are prohibited within the metropolis until they’ve a licensed handler, with violators going through a misdemeanor punishable by a superb of not more than $500.
Bengal tigers are inclined to develop to at the very least 500 kilos in maturity, or bigger within the case of some males.
Police spokesman Ron Borza, stated Cuevas was out of jail on bond for a 2020 homicide cost in Fort Bend County, the place the tiger-sighting happened. Along with his bond being revoked, he has been charged with a felony rely of evading arrest.
Cuevas’ lawyer, in the meantime, maintains the tiger didn’t belong to him, and that police had been merely falsely assuming it was his. As a substitute, the lawyer stated Cuevas merely “caught” the tiger and “introduced it again to security.”
Houston residents aren’t any stranger to unique and doubtlessly harmful animal encounters, with an alligator noticed on the town’s Fred Hartman Bridge in late April, whereas simply final week one other gator, weighing in at some 300 kilos and measuring 10 toes lengthy, met an unlucky finish after it was struck by a driver on a freeway.
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