Tiger in west Houston timeline: From prowling video to man’s arrest, this is the sequence of feline-related events

A tiger seen in west Houston on May 9, 2021.
A tiger seen in west Houston on May 9, 2021. (Copyright 2021 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.)

HOUSTONA tiger spotted outside a west Houston house on Sunday led to a chain of events that KPRC 2 continues to report.

At the center of the case is Victor Cuevas, who faces a murder charge stemming from a 2017 case. You can read more about him and the tiger he was seen with in Houston below.

Take a look back at the big events in this case so far.

Friday, July 14, 2017

On July 14, 2017, at approximately 7:30 p.m., the FBCSO investigated the murder of a man outside of a Buffalo Wild Wings in the 5600 block of W. Grand Parkway. Victor Cuevas was charged with murder in connection to the 2017 deadly shooting.

Friday, July 28, 2017

On July 28, 2017, the FBCSO obtained the murder arrest warrant for Cuevas. The bond was set at $750,000. On July 28, 2017, Cuevas was arrested at an airport when returning from Mexico.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Cuevas posted a $125,000 bond on August 25, 2017.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Cuevas was arrested in November 2020, for bond revocation. The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office said the investigation remains open.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Bengal tiger sighting in the front yard of a home on Fleetwood near Ivy Wall Drive. families spotted the tiger right before 8 p.m. while out on an evening walk.

A Waller County deputy who lives in the neighborhood was notified of the tiger by other residents. The deputy, Wes Manion, said he pulled out his service weapon and a man came out from a nearby home, saying, “Don’t shoot, don’t shoot!” The tiger’s owner then took the animal inside the home.

He then came back outside with the tiger, loaded the animal into his truck, cut through a neighbor’s grass, and drove away at a high rate of speed right when police got to the scene, Manion told KPRC 2. Officers attempted to pursue the vehicle but lost sight of it a short time later.

Read KPRC 2′s initial report.

Monday, May 10, 2021

At approximately 7:30 p.m., the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Houston Police Department with the arrest of Victor Cuevas in the 24300 block of Bella Veneza Drive. Cuevas had a warrant for evading arrest in a motor vehicle (third degree felony) and was taken to the Fort Bend County Jail.

Cuevas through his attorney Elliot said although his client does not own the tiger, he could not elaborate on his connection to the animal. He also said that Cuevas is working with authorities to locate the owner and the tiger.

Read KPRC 2′s full report.


About the Author:

Amanda Cochran is an Edward R. Murrow award-winning journalist. She specializes in Texas features, social media news and local crime.