2012-09-12 / Front Page

Parks Worker Fatally Knifed In Flushing Meadows


A seasonal worker with the city Department of Parks and Recreation knifed a co-worker to death on September 4 at a recreation center inside Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, authorities said.

The murder took place at about 3:15 p.m. at the Al Oerter Recreational Center, just five hours after Mayor Michael Bloomberg held a press conference at the Fowler Avenue facility.
Cops said Ezra Black, 31, and Robert Swann, 51, started fighting earlier in the day near a shed in the park.

Black ran off, but was chased by Swann into a kitchen area, where Swann pulled a knife and mortally wounded the younger man, police said.

Black was taken to New York Hospital of Queens, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Co-workers told police Black started working at the center “two or three” days before the attack.

Cops assigned to a US Open detail nabbed Swann a short while later, near the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

Swann was charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon at his arraignment at Queens Criminal Court.

Police said Black and Swann were no strangers to the criminal justice system. Swann has a history of arrests, including several assaults and assorted weapons charges, police said. Black had a history of more than two dozen arrests, including assault, menacing and criminal use of a firearm, police said.

Co-workers said the two men had been arguing throughout the day on September 4, but were unable to provide a reason for the feud.

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