A tiger that have been seen wandering around a Houston neighborhood on Monday has been located, Houston police stated Saturday. The tiger, named India, appears to be unharmed, police stated.
Victor Cuevas, 26, is presently in police custody after he allegedly fled from police with the tiger earlier within the week. Cuevas had formerly been out on bond for a separate homicide charge from 2017.
Houston Police Department Commander Ron Borza on Saturday recognized Georgie "Gia" Cuevas as Cuevas' wife and India's proprietor. Borza said a friend of Gia Cuevas' tipped off police approximately the tiger's vicinity round noon Saturday. Gia Cuevas then surrendered the tiger to police.
Borza said that while police aren't sure wherein precisely India become all week, "Gia knew wherein the tiger was at all times." He said that India have been inside the custody of a couple of humans between Tuesday and Saturday night time.
Cuevas' legal professional, Michael Elliott, has claimed a couple of instances, such as at a Friday bond listening to, that his consumer is not India's proprietor, CBS affiliate KHOU-TV reports. Borza, however, said that police believe he owns the tiger with his wife.
"That's what I changed into told by her, and she's the wife of Victor, and she or he says they have got had that animal for nine months," Borza said.
After India was surpassed over to police, Elliot again on Saturday said the tiger does not belong to Cuevas, but stated that it "spent a whole lot of time with Victor."
"Victor took after this cat lots. Cared for it. Loved it. And it's again in a terrific area, now," Elliot said. He added, "I suppose it is an inexpensive assumption that Victor have been part of this cat's lifestyles since it became a touch cub."
Gia Cuevas isn't always presently facing any expenses, Borza said, however he said the research is ongoing. Borza also referred to it is unlawful to very own a tiger inside the city of Houston.
"I failed to cross into any specifics along with her," he stated. "We can do that at a later time. We can usually name her and bring her to HPD and talk to her more if we need to."
Meanwhile, Cuevas' authentic bond become revoked and a new bond of $300,000 became set on Friday, KHOU reviews. Cuevas will remain in custody until he posts the brand new bond.
Earlier on Saturday, HPD tweeted a video of Borza and Gia Cuevas with India after the tiger were surpassed over to police.
Borza said India may be taken to the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch sanctuary on Sunday morning.