What happens when a suspected murderer and his tiger run from police?

What happens when a suspected murderer and his tiger run from police?


What happens when a suspected murderer and his tiger run from police?

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Image Source: Houston Police

A 26-year-old suspected murderer and his tiger fled from police yesterday, and, while the man has since been caught by authorities, the cat is still on the loose.

Victor Hugo Cuevas had been on bond for a November 2020 murder charge, when officials attempted to confront him at home for keeping a Bengal tiger in his backyard, which is illegal. The man also apparently cared for monkeys, too, though that is not against the law.

But when an off-duty deputy arrived at the home, Cuevas jumped in an SUV with the tiger and fled. 

“There was a brief pursuit, and the man got away with the tiger,” said Houston Police Commander Ron Borza. “The whereabouts of the tiger are not yet known.”

What happens to Cuevas now that he has been caught, and what happens next, considering the cat is still on the streets of Houston?

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