Cable Park Owner, 2 Others, Charged In Melee Freed On Bond

WACO (July 12, 2014) Stuart Edward Parsons, Jr., 42, the owner of the popular BSR Cable Park on Old Mexia Road outside of Waco, and two Mart men, one a Baylor football player, who were arrested Friday and charged in connection with a melee over the Memorial Day weekend at the park that left two men seriously injured, were freed on bond early Saturday afternoon following a night in the McLennan County Jail.

Bonds were set late Saturday morning at $100,000 for each of the three, according to online records.

None of the three was listed on an online jail log updated early Saturday afternoon.

Parsons was booked into the jail late Friday morning, charged with aggravated assault/serious bodily injury.

Ryan Ray Kyle, 25, and Jacob Vaughn Kyle, 19, both of Mart, were also arrested Friday and were charged with aggravated assault/serious bodily injury.

Jacob Kyle is listed as a redshirt freshman offensive lineman on the Baylor University football roster.

A spokesman said the school is aware of the arrest, but had no further comment.

Ryan Kyle played football at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.

He graduated in 2011 with a degree in exercise science.

The victim, identified in an arrest warrant affidavit as Toby McCarver, 44, was with several other people who had rented cabins at the park over the holiday weekend.

At around 10:15 p.m. on May 24, the group was in an area of the park that has a slide, which the visitors were using, when Parsons and a female arrived, the affidavit said.

The affidavit says, “Parsons was ‘very angry’ and began to scream and to use profanities...asking who from BSR was with them.”

Parsons ended up “in a verbal exchange using profanities” with McCarver, but the two were separated and McCarver and his party returned to their cabins, the affidavit said.

A short time later, however, Parsons and three other men including Ryan and Jacob Kyle, drove up to the cabins in an all-terrain vehicle, the affidavit said.

“Parsons immediately rushed towards McCarver, indicating to the other males that McCarver was the one in the ‘blue shirt,’” and then “all three individuals began to assault McCarver,” whom they struck with their hands and feet, the affidavit said.

A second park visitor, identified in the affidavit as Randall Murphy, was attacked when he and other members of McCarver’s party tried to intervene, the affidavit said.

McCarver suffered a broken jaw, a nasal bone fracture and a chest wall contusion and Murphy had a displaced collar bone, a lacerated ear that required 15 stitches, and a human bite on his hand that became infected, the affidavit said.

McCarver told investigators he has known Parsons for several years, but said “Parsons was intoxicated to the point of not recognizing him,” the affidavit said.

Parsons, who opened the cable park in June 2012, is the third generation owner of Parsons Roofing in Waco, which was founded in 1948.

On June 28, a 12-year-old boy was found dead in the water at a swimming area at the park after his family discovered him missing.

SirLemuel Calhoun, 12, of Dallas was pronounced dead at the scene.

A ruling on the cause of his death is still pending.

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