2012-09-12 / Front Page

Parks Employee Arraigned In Stabbing Death

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced on September 5 that a 51-year-old Ozone Park man has been arraigned on second-degree murder and other charges for allegedly stabbing to death his Parks Department co-worker at a recreation center in Flushing, Queens.
 
District Attorney Brown said, “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 District Attorney identified the defendant as Robert Swann, 51, of 105-02 103rd Avenue in Ozone Park, Queens.  Swann was arraigned today before Queens Criminal Court Judge Gia Morris on a criminal complaint charging him with second-degree murder, tampering with physical evidence and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Swann, who was ordered held without bail and to return to court on September 18, 2012, faces up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted.

 District Attorney Brown said that, according to the criminal charges, on September 4, 2012, at about 3:20 p.m., while inside the Al Oerter Recreation Center located at 131-40 Fowler Avenue in Flushing, Swann stabbed the victim, Ezra Black, 31, in the front torso with a knife. The defendant allegedly admitted to police that he stabbed the victim, left the scene with the knife, and then discarded the knife and the clothing he was wearing in a grass field near Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. The victim and the defendant were both employed as seasonal Parks Department workers.
 
The investigation was conducted by detectives assigned to the NYPD’s 109th Precinct Detective Squad.
 
Assistant District Attorney Carla L. Cheung, of the District Attorney’s Homicide Investigations Bureau, is prosecuting the case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorneys Peter T. Reese, Bureau Chief, Peter J. McCormack III and Richard B. Schaeffer, Deputy Bureau Chiefs, and the overall supervision of Executive Assistant District Attorney for Major Crimes Charles A. Testagrossa and Deputy Executive Assistant District Attorney for Major Crimes Daniel A. Saunders.

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