June 22, 2021

A tiger seen roaming a Houston yard is nowhere to be found 3 days later. A ‘Tiger King’ star says she’s extremely worried

“I’m extraordinarily fearful about what occurs with this tiger and the individuals round it,” stated Carole Baskin, founding father of Huge Cat Rescue and star of the Netflix sequence, “Tiger King.”

“This has turn out to be commonplace in Texas,” she instructed CNN on Wednesday.

When Jose Antonio Ramos found the tiger Sunday on his entrance yard, he thought it was a part of a TV industrial — with ample safety and security measures close by.

Nevertheless it wasn’t.

Ramos gingerly stepped exterior “simply to actually be sure that what I used to be seeing was correct, and mainly to take a snapshot of it and alert authorities.”

His fingers trembled as he shot photographs and video. The tiger “was making full eye contact with me,” Ramos had earlier instructed CNN.

After posting photographs on a neighborhood e mail discussion board, Ramos stated an off-duty deputy who lives close by confirmed up and stored his weapon educated on the tiger.

That is when a neighbor got here out of a home and pleaded with the deputy to not shoot the tiger, Ramos stated.

That neighbor, recognized by police as Victor Hugo Cuevas, then straddled and grabbed the tiger and tried to maneuver it away from others, cellphone video taken by Maria Torres and supplied to CNN affiliate KTRK reveals.

When different officers arrived on the scene, Cuevas — who occurred to be free on bond for a homicide cost — put the tiger in a white SUV and drove off, Houston Police Commander Ron Borza stated.

Cuevas, 26, then fled with the tiger, authorities stated. He isn’t India’s proprietor, his legal professional stated.

Cuevas was quickly arrested, Houston police tweeted Monday, including: “The whereabouts of the tiger usually are not but recognized.”

The deputy could have averted a tragedy, Baskin says

Baskin recommended the off-duty deputy who stored his gun pointed on the tiger however didn’t shoot.

“I used to be so impressed with the deputy that confirmed up on the scene as a result of he did precisely the best factor, and he confirmed superb restraint in not taking pictures that tiger,” Baskin stated.

Man who fled with a tiger has been caught, but the animal is on the loose, Houston police say

“He stored eye contact, he backed away slowly. A tiger, in the event you look down, in the event you flip, if that neighbor had run again to his door, that triggers their intuition to kill.”

India is a 9-month-old male, stated Cuevas’ legal professional Michael Elliott, who criticized Houston Police for arresting Cuevas at his house in Fort Bend County, despite the fact that an settlement was in place with authorities for him to peacefully give up.
“I perceive that lots of people are occupied with what is going on to occur with the tiger and what is going on on, however on this case, HPD was in such a rush to wrap it up (and) come discover their man, they only assumed,” he instructed KTRK.

“As a result of my shopper was the one who caught this tiger, who went out and received it, introduced it again into security, everyone seems to be simply assuming he is the proprietor of the tiger, that it is his tiger.”

Cuevas additionally was not the proprietor of the house, police stated.

A number of extra expenses — however nonetheless no tiger

Cuevas is now additionally charged with evading arrest/detention with a automobile, in response to Fort Bend County Jail information. A county Justice of the Peace Tuesday set a $50,000 bond.

He beforehand was charged with homicide in Fort Bend County for allegedly taking pictures and killing a person in 2017. Court docket paperwork allege he has been in a number of violations of his bond since he was first arrested for homicide in 2017.

County prosecutors are attempting to revoke his bond in that case, and a listening to on that movement is ready for Friday, stated Wesley Wittig, Fort Bend County govt assistant district legal professional. He’ll seemingly keep in Fort Bend County till the Friday listening to, Wittig stated.

Individually, Cuevas was out on bond for a cost this yr in Austin County of evading arrest or detention in a automobile, in response to court docket information.

CNN’s Carma Hassan, Keith Allen and Amir Vera contributed to this report.

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