Man who fled with Houston tiger last year found guilty of 2017 murder

Victor Cuevas, 20, the man who gained notoriety last year for fleeing police with a tiger in a west Houston neighborhood, was found guilty Tuesday of murdering a man in Fort Bend County four years ago.

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Cuevas was accused of shooting Oseikhuemen Omobhude, 20, several times on July 14, 2017, in a restaurant parking lot near Richmond. Prosecutors said Omobhude died after being taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Katy.

Cuevas received massive media coverage on May 10, 2021, with a tiger named India. He was out on bond for the murder charge when India got loose in a neighborhood near the eastern edge of Barker Reservoir. Cuevas, who collected the tiger in his Jeep and fled from Houston police, was later found and charged with evading arrest. His bond was revoked, but he was later released from a Fort Bend County Jail.

On May 14, 2021, however, a judge again revoked the murder bond and ordered Cuevas back to jail, where he has remained. The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office said Cuevas had been booked in their jail on five previous occasions for bond violations after the murder charge.

India is currently in residence at the Black Beauty Ranch Sanctuary in North Texas' Henderson County.

The punishment phase in the murder case begins today.

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