Story at a glance

  • The Houston Police Department arrested Victor Hugo Cuevas on Monday night.
  • Cuevas was charged with felony evading arrest after he led the police on a chase when they responded to a call about his tiger on Sunday.
  • Cuevas has been out on bond for a murder charge since November.

The Houston Police Department arrested a Texas man on Monday night, who was seen in a viral video with his Bengal tiger outside of his home. 

Victor Hugo Cuevas, 26, was charged with felony evading arrest after he led the police on a chase when they responded to a call about his tiger on Sunday. 


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On Sunday, a video went viral of Cuevas fighting with his neighbor, who was angry and concerned about the tiger roaming freely. After an argument, Cuevas brought the tiger back inside his house, where he also has two monkeys, according to the police.

It is illegal to own a tiger in Houston, though it is legal to own one in the surrounding unincorporated Harris County if the owner registers the animal and follows strict rules. 

When police arrived to investigate the incident, Cuevas allegedly herded the tiger into a white Jeep and fled.

Cuevas has been out of jail on a $250,000 bond for a November murder charge. 

The tiger’s whereabouts are currently unknown.


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Published on May 11, 2021