Police in an upscale Texas neighborhood searched Tuesday for a fugitive Bengal tiger that was seen roaming on lawns and streets till its obvious proprietor fled with the animal.
That man, who already had authorized troubles, was arrested Monday evening for felony evasion of arrest after loading the tiger right into a automobile and driving away, simply as police arrived at his residence in Houston.
But there was no signal of the large cat.
“The tiger portion of the investigation is continuing,” Houston police tweeted after the arrest of 26 12 months previous Victor Hugo Cuevas, whose lawyer insisted the tiger doesn’t belong to Cuevas.
News accounts mentioned the cat lived in a home rented by Cuevas.
The drama started Sunday night when the tiger was seen strolling calmly throughout entrance lawns in a neighborhood in west Houston.
“I mean, I couldn’t believe it,” neighbor Jose Ramos advised native tv station KPRC. He took an image, posted it on a neighborhood weblog with a warning for individuals to remain away, and referred to as an emergency police quantity.
“It was very scary because this is a very family-oriented community, and you see lots of kids and (babies) strolling,” Ramos mentioned.
Wes Manion, an off-duty sheriff’s deputy who lives within the space, noticed the put up, raced to the scene and confronted the cat with a revolver in footage filmed by neighbours.
“Last thing I wanted to do was shoot the tiger,” Manion advised one other TV station, KHOU. “It didn’t seem super aggressive.”
Cuevas was identified to police as a result of he was free on bond awaiting a homicide trial.
On Twitter, individuals feasted on information of the lacking feline.
“Are you conducting a meownhunt? Is pawrole on the table?” wrote @CooperEarlJones.
“There must be some claws in the statute that says this is allowed,” quipped @EssBee44.
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