Parks employee charged with murdering co-worker: DA

By Rich Bockmann

An Ozone Park man who worked for the city Parks Department was charged Wednesday with murdering a co-worker the day before at a recreation center in Flushing, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.

According to the charges, 51-year-old Robert Swann allegedly stabbed fellow Parks employee Ezra Black, 31, with a knife in the torso Tuesday around 3:20 p.m. inside the Al Oerter Recreation Center, Brown said.

Swann then left the scene with the knife, which he discarded along with the clothes he was wearing in a grass field near Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Brown said.

When he was arrested, Swann allegedly admitted to police he had stabbed his co-worker, according to the district attorney.

“The defendant is accused of the senseless stabbing death of a co-worker. His alleged actions have left a young man dead and the defendant is now facing the possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison,” the DA said.

Swann was charged with second-degree murder, tampering with physical evidence and criminal possession of a weapon.

He was ordered held without bail and to return to court on Sept. 18. The DA said Swann faces up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted.

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