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« on: Thu May 13, 2021 - 06:00:36 »
Tiger is still missing as mystery deepens

https://wtop.com/national/2021/05/tiger-is-still-missing-as-mystery-deepens-over-man-who-was-seen-with-it/

A man who wrangled a tiger strolling in front of a Houston home Sunday has posted bond over the incident, yet the circumstances of the scene that shocked neighbors and authorities remain unclear.

Victor Hugo Cuevas, previously out on bond for an unrelated murder charge, was arrested Monday for evading police, who say Cuevas loaded the tiger into a white SUV and drove off as officers arrived. The whereabouts of the tiger is currently unknown.

Cuevas was held on a $50,000 bond in neighboring Fort Bend County, which he posted Wednesday. His attorney, Michael Elliott, held a press conference outside the jail with Cuevas by his side. They maintained that Cuevas is not the owner of the Bengal tiger, who they said was a nine-month-old male named “India.”

“(The police) saw my client go out in the yard and retrieve the tiger and they’ve assumed he’s done a whole lot of different things that he necessarily has not done and not guilty of, just like they assumed that the tiger is his,” Elliott argued. “It of course is not.”

Elliott stressed they were working to locate the animal but would not say where his client, who was last seen with the tiger, drove Sunday night with “India” inside an SUV.

“We are both very anxious and looking forward to doing everything we can do to find India,” he said. “We want to find India.”