Reputed gang member nabbed with gun near park
BRIDGEPORT - A reputed city gang member was arrested at a city park with a gun loaded with a large capacity magazine, police said.
Ervin “Swerve” Ezekiel, 34, of Steuben Street, was charged Tuesday with illegal transfer of a gun, possession of a pistol without a permit, possession of a large-capacity magazine and criminal possession of a firearm.
He was being held in lieu of $300,000 bond.
The State Police Gang Task Force was conducting a surveillance Tuesday afternoon on the city’s East Side when police said they saw Ezekiel walking on East Washington Avenue towards Washington Park with a gun hanging out of his pant pocket.
Police said Ezekiel is a member of an East Side gang which has been having an ongoing feud with members of a gang that hangs out around Washington Park stemming from a shooting in July.
Bridgeport Police Sgt. Jason Amato, a supervisor in the task force, approached Ezekiel and ordered him to get on the ground, police said. Police said Ezekiel complied, blurting out, “The gun is in my pocket.”
Police said they recovered a 9mm handgun loaded with a 15-round magazine.
Ezekiel was previously convicted of assault and drug charges and is awaiting trial for half a dozen drug charges as a result of being picked up in a gang sweep in the city last September.