A second suspect was arrested Thursday in the October attack of a woman at the Sul Ross Skate Park.

Joseph Lawrence Black, 46, of Waco, was arrested for the Oct. 4 attack of a woman in her mid-30s, who was hit in the head, knocked unconscious and robbed at Sul Ross Skate Park, 1301 Barnard Ave. Witness and police reports stated that at least three men were involved in the attack that left the woman with a laceration to her head and a possible concussion.

About a month after the assault, police issued an arrest warrant for Tyrone Lavelle Cage, 41, of Waco, on a first-degree felony aggravated robbery charge causing serious bodily injury. Cage was already in custody at McLennan County Jail on an unrelated Class A misdemeanor charge of assault when police connected him to the skate park assault.

According to the affidavit issued for Black, the three suspects, including Black and Cage, met the woman at the skate park shortly before midnight on Oct. 4. Each person in the group are "all transient citizens," including the woman, and have been living on Waco streets and temporarily staying in motels.

The woman was hit in the head by a suspect when Black joined in the attack while she way laying on the ground, the affidavit states. While she was unconscious, Black and the two other accomplices robbed the woman of her backpack, stole her money and split the money between the themselves.

"The defendant and accomplices left the victim unconscious on the ground in the park and made no notification to anyone that she needed assistance," the affidavit states. "Defendant admitted during a phone interview that he was in the park at the time this happened.

"Defendant fled from Waco approximately 48 hours after this event and has refused to come back to Waco for a formal interview," prior to his arrest, the affidavit stated.

After Black's arrest, he was taken to McLennan County Jail on a first-degree felony charge of aggravated robbery causing serious bodily injury and unrelated warrants for criminal trespassing. He remained jailed on traffic citations and with a bond listed at $86,000.

Cage also remained in custody at McLennan County Jail for the previous assault misdemeanor and the aggravated robbery warrant. His bond is $53,000.  

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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