'Person of interest' in homicide in Allentown nabbed in Reading

Eric Ervin found shot to death early Wednesday morning, officials say

Apprehension puts focus on apartment building in Reading

READING, Pa. - The apprehension of a man being sought in connection with a homicide in Allentown led police to converge on an apartment building in Reading.

Police apprehended the man, whose name is not being released, shortly before 9 a.m. Wednesday at North 3rd and Walnut streets in Reading.

The man is described by Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin as a "person of interest" in the shooting of a man found dead inside a trailer behind his business in the 600 block of Nelson Street in Allentown.

A woman called police around 2 a.m. Wednesday and asked that they check on the welfare of her boyfriend, officials said. Responding officers subsequently found the body of the victim, identified by the coroner as Eric Ervin.

The owner of the building said Ervin, 41, of Coopersburg, Lehigh Co., was in line to sell a BMW to a man driving to Allentown from New York. The man apprehended in Reading was in possession of that BMW, which was seen earlier in the morning parked in the 100 block of South 4th Street.

Officers responded to an apartment on that block late Tuesday morning. They are awaiting a warrant to search the apartment where the "person of interest" reportedly lived.

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