Man with tiger claims he gave cops ‘evidence’ on its location

An legal professional for the person caught on video with a Bengal tiger exterior a Houston residence has given info to cops on the place to search out the massive cat, he informed The Post Tuesday.

Michael W. Elliott, who’s representing Victor Hugo Cuevas in a 2017 homicide case, claimed he gave an “important piece of evidence” to Houston cops on the place to search out the tiger, however insisted he wanted to talk to his shopper earlier than releasing the knowledge publicly.

“I have information that will assist in locating the tiger and the tiger’s owner and I have relayed that to Houston police and the federal Fish and Wildlife Department,” Elliott stated throughout an interview.

Elliott stated he didn’t know the animal’s precise whereabouts, however insisted the knowledge he offered may immediately result in finding the tiger and ending the saga that has gripped west Houston since Cuevas, 26, was caught on digicam Sunday corralling it again inside after it obtained out.

Cuevas then drove off with the tiger in a white Jeep as cops responded to the west Houston residence, eluding cops throughout a quick ensuing chase, police stated.

Victor Hugo Cuevas.
Victor Hugo Cuevas claimed via his legal professional he gave vital details about the tiger’s whereabouts.

The homicide suspect who was out on bond since November was later arrested Monday evening at a Fort Bend County residence, Houston police announced whereas saying the tiger’s whereabouts remained unknown.

Elliott insisted the tiger doesn’t belong to Cuevas, however he declined to remark on his shopper’s connection to the animal and whether or not he was caring for it on the time it escaped.

“He is not the owner,” Elliott stated. “He doesn’t have the tiger.”

Cuevas, who was charged with felony evading arrest, remained in custody Tuesday on the Fort Bend County Jail. Elliott is accusing police of speeding to judgment by assuming the tiger belonged to him.

“They’re not really interested in the truth,” Elliott stated. “I’ve tried to work with them but all they want to do is lock people up.”

Elliott stated Cuevas was not the one particular person discovered by cops inside the house, referring to a lady who was additionally there. It’s unclear if she’s Cuevas’ girlfriend, the legal professional stated.

Cuevas was leasing the house, Ron Borza, commander of Houston Police Department’s Major Offenders Division informed reporters at a press convention Monday previous to his arrest.

Houston Police Commander Ronald Borza talks to reporters about the investigation into a man whose tiger was on the loose.
Houston Police Commander Ronald Borza talks to reporters concerning the investigation into a person whose tiger was on the free.
Godofredo A. Vásquez/Houston Chronicle through AP

Investigators imagine Cuevas additionally saved two monkeys within the residence, Borza stated, including that their whereabouts had been unknown and that his girlfriend might have taken them.

Police stated Tuesday that the hunt for the massive cat is ongoing.

“We are attempting to locate the tiger,” police spokeswoman Jodi Silva informed The Post early Tuesday. “We still don’t know where it is.”

Waller County Sheriff's Office Deputy Wes Manion talks about his encounter with a tiger.
Waller County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Wes Manion talks about his encounter with a tiger.
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Silva stated there’s no indication the animal was “roaming free,” however stated police have obtained various details about its whereabouts whereas asking Cuevas’ legal professional to contact police.

“There have been conflicting statements and we’re attempting to have ongoing discussions,” Silva stated.

Cuevas had been out on bond since November for allegedly capturing Osiekhuemen Omobhude exterior a sushi restaurant in Fort Bend on July 2017, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Law enforcement officials investigate the Houston house where a tiger was being kept on May 10, 2021.
Law enforcement officers examine the Houston home the place a tiger was being saved on May 10, 2021.
Godofredo A. Vásquez/Houston Chronicle through AP

Cuevas has claimed in court docket paperwork he shot Omobhude in self-defense after the person pointed a gun at him. He was due again in court docket on July 12, the newspaper reported.

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