Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-05-11 14:48:56 –
Houston (AP) — A Texas man who had not been detained on murder charges was arrested after a neighbor found a pet tiger wandering around Houston.
Houston police tweeted that 26-year-old Victor Hugo Cuevas was charged and detained on Monday night in an arrest to avoid a felony.
Police believed the tiger belonged to Quevas, but lawyer Michael W. Elliott denied that the cat belonged to him or was taking care of him.
Police said the tiger’s whereabouts were unknown.
According to police, Quevas returned the tiger to his home and drove him away when the police arrived.
According to the Associated Press, a video of the encounter on Sunday showed that an armed off-duty Waller County Sheriff’s adjutant was facing a tiger.
Quevas was charged with shooting a man outside a restaurant in Fort Bend County in 2017. Elliott said his client acted for self-defense and was innocent of murder.
When police searched Quevas’s house, they also apparently found two monkeys.
According to AP, keeping monkeys in Houston is not illegal as long as they weigh less than 30 pounds.
Tigers are not allowed in the Houston area unless the owner is allowed to keep exotic animals.
The AP reported that there are no state-wide laws prohibiting private property of tigers and other exotic animals.