Residents of one Houston, Texas neighborhood were alarmed this week to see one of nature’s most dangerous animals lazily sauntering down the street…and that is just the beginning of the story.
On a normally quiet street in one of the Lone Star State’s most populous cities, a fully grown tiger was seen stalking the pavement this week, in a video that went viral almost immediately.
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But, as wild as it may seem, this is only half the story.
A man charged with murder who was the reported caretaker of a tiger that terrified a Houston residential neighborhood was arrested Monday — but the tiger remains unfound, police said.
Victor Hugo Cuevas, 26, was charged with evading arrest for fleeing Houston police officers when they arrived after frightened residents called authorities. He was taken into custody at his parents’ home in the suburb of Richmond, KPRC-TV reported.
The large cat began roaming the streets and scared residents after it apparently got loose from the home it was being kept as a pet. At one point the tiger came within a few feet of a nearby homeowner.
“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 that tiger. We have plenty of places we can take that tiger and keep it safe and give it a home for the rest of its life,” Houston police Cmdr. Ron Borza said during a news conference.
As of this writing, the big cat and its owner are still not accounted for.
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