UPDATE: Montclair Man Charged In Murder Of Villanova Student
Police have arrested 21-year-old in the Sunday night shooting death of a Connecticut man.
A 21-year-old Montclair man was charged with murder Friday in the shooting death of a University of Villanova student, whom police said was apparently killed during a robbery.
Ernest Williams was charged with the murder of Brian Schiavetti, a 21-year-old from Ridgefield, Conn., authorities said.
Schiavetti was found shot to death in an apartment building on William Street, just off Valley Road, at about 6:40 p.m. on Sunday.
“Our detectives and those at the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force have been working around the clock methodically investigating this homicide," Montclair Police Chief David Sabagh said in a statement. "I am very pleased with their efforts leading to the swift arrest of the suspect."
The preliminary investigation indicates Schiavetti, who died from multiple gunshot injuries, was killed during the course of a robbery, Sabagh added.
It remained unclear Friday why Schiavetti was in Montclair.
Williams has been charged with murder, robbery and weapons offenses. He is being held at the Essex County Correctional Facility on $750,000 bail, police said.
Schiavetti, an honor roll student who graduated from Ridgefield High School in 2009, was due to graduate from the Villanova School of Business in 2013. He was spending this summer working as an intern at Thomson Reuters in Times Square in Manhattan.
The youngest of four siblings, Schiavetti made the dean’s list in college and played lacrosse and football and loved to play water sports.
Schiavetti's murder was the second this year in Montclair. A man was shot and killed on Mission Street in February. There was only one homicide in 2011.
Sunday's incident on William Street, an area not known for violent crime, sparked calls from residents, and some township council members, for more community policing in Montclair.