Awho was spotted wandering the Houston neighborhood on Monday was found, Houston police said Saturday. A tiger named India appears unharmed, police said.
Victor Cuevas, 26, is in police custody after allegedly escaping from police with a tiger earlier in the week. Earlier, Cuevas was released from bonds on a separate murder charge in 2017.
Houston Police Commander Ron Borza on Saturday identified Georgie “Gia” Cuevas as Cuevas’ wife and owner of India. Borza said a friend of Gia Cuevas had informed police of the tiger̵
Borza said that although police were not sure exactly where India had been all week, “Gia knew where the tiger was at all times.” He said India was in the custody of many people between Tuesday and Saturday nights.
Cuevas’ lawyer, Michael Elliott, has claimed several times, including during a bond hearing on Friday, that his client is not the owner of India, according to CBS affiliate KHOU-TV Borza, but said police believed he owned the tiger. his wife.
“I was told that, and she is Victor’s wife and she says they have had this animal for nine months,” Borza said.
After India was handed over to police, Elliott again said on Saturday that the tiger did not belong to Cuevas, but said he “spent a lot of time with Victor”.
“Victor took a long time after this cat. He took care of her. He loved her. And she’s in a good place again, now,” Elliott said. He added: “I think it’s reasonable to assume that Victor has been a part of this cat’s life since he was a child.”
Gia Cuevas is not currently charged, Borza said, but said the investigation is ongoing. Borza also noted that it is illegal to own a tiger in the city of Houston.
“I did not go into specific details with her,” he said. “We can do that later. We can always call her and bring her to the HPD and talk to her more if we need to.”
Meanwhile, the original Cuevas bond was canceled and a new $ 300,000 bond was set on Friday, KHOU reported. Cuevas will remain in custody until he publishes the new bond.
Earlier on Saturday, the HPD posted on Twitter a video of Borza and Gia Cuevas with India after the tiger was handed over to police.
Borza said that on Sunday morning India will be taken to the sanctuary of a beauty branch in Cleveland Amory.