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 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 .

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, and some township council members, for more community policing in Montclair.

So sad July 29, 2012 at 02:23 AM
How did Brian get to Montclair on a Sunday afternoon? Who was he with? If it was with "friends", did they step forward immediately to help find the accused killer and explain the circumstances that put him in this horrible situation? If someone drove him into this situation, will they be held responsible for contributing to this unfortunate outcome?
So sad July 29, 2012 at 02:25 AM
It is Thomson Reuters, not Thompson Reuters. Why so many references to TR? What does that have to do with what happened??
Montclair's Own July 29, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Ladies and Gents, Lest many of you think the children of Montclair (many of them white and wealthy) are not seeking illegal drugs and not involved in shady dealings, think again. This is not a "thug" vs. "non-thug" issue (and we know what those terms imply, stereotypically when it comes to race and gender). The US, and in particular, young adults in high-school through college, have an insatiable appetite for illegal drugs. Black, white, Hispanic, Asian...it does not discriminate. Lets be honest with ourselves and realize that this is not an issue for only one set of the population, one income-bracket, and and one-side of town. I'd go so far as to say that the wealthier kids are doing as many, if not more illegal drugs...they just have parents that can get them good lawyers.
Think Critically July 29, 2012 at 05:29 AM
Looking at the Ridgefield newspaper comments, it would appear that Mr. Schiavetti had a friend waiting outside in a car who is not being mentioned. Nonetheless, Montclair is a destination for college kids and/or this friend may have been a Villanova student from the area (purely speculative).
montclairdad July 29, 2012 at 11:39 AM
So basically, from the comments above, there are a lot of enlightened people here that like to blame the victim. Unbelievable. Defense lawyers would love to have you on a rape jury. Don't blame the guy that pulled the trigger, blame the guy trying to score weed - or whatever it was. Oh and play the race card to boot. Quality message you're sending. And please, the previous shooting on Mission St. was reported and detailed thoroughly, so don't give us that Race Card 101 Playbook bullshit. Grow up.
David mapes July 29, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Think critically, I think you're right on target. As far as "the race card" is concerned, its used far too often and by far too many people including those that have no real claim or reason to use it. I don't think the police in THIS case ever looked at this thing racially, it's the ignorance of some of the people commenting on the story the routinely bring race into play. Furthermore if wanting to hold people accountable for their involvement, actions or inactions then yes I'm blaming everybody and that includes local law enforcement, lawmakers, the gun lobby. -continued....->
David mapes July 29, 2012 at 12:30 PM
We the commenters don't know what really happend in that hallway or what the intent of either man was, maybe it was a CRACK deal or gun deal we don't know. Because he is dead doesn't make him innocent, he purposefully walked into a strange building with a known CRACK dealer. If he'd walked out with a bag of crack and gotten caught by police a mile away what would the conversation be? What would be the headline? My point is, there are no innocents involved including the driver. Has anything changed since the shooting death of Ibn Futrell? I remember all kinds of meetings and vows to make changes yet here we are again another wrong place wrong time shooting death in our town. My comments are not meant to be personal attacks, I don't know you. They are meant to spark conversation and debate regarding critical issues in our town. Finally I must say I'm really sorry this young man died his family must be devastated and heartbroken. He seemed to be very bright and full of promise. I hate that this happen to him and his family. May God be with them.
CMFAS55 July 29, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Does anyone know if the suspect grew up here? Went to school here? Graduated MHS, dropped out or was raised somewhere else and is now living and basing his dealer biz from Montclair?
Jenny Ogden July 29, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Do you think they might seek the death penalty given Brian was a target and this pre meditated? Sounds like this neighborhood is known for drug deals based on the comments I have read on this site. Montclair police-I hope you beef up patrol of this area. I think we should all wait for the facts to emerge before passing judgement. This is a tragedy for all those involved and I am saddened by the violence taking place in Montclair and across our country. We need to revisit gun laws. I don't know how we stop the drugs....
Think Critically July 30, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Montclairdad, nobody is blaming the victim for being murdered and to state that is inflammatory and misleading, while taking away from the journalistic spirit of questioning and replacing it with personal attacks. All that I am saying is that there is more to this story than is being given to the public, likely in the interest of protecting the victim's family and reputation without the same being done for the family of the accused. That is implicit guilt by association which lacks integrity and, in my opinion, is morally wrong. Furthermore, my bringing up race was to draw attention to the fact that Ibn's murder was, while well covered locally, not nearly as much of a story in the National news cycle and to draw attention to that fact. A news item that shows black on white crime, especially in an affluent area with a high national profile for integration such as Montclair, sells better. I'm simply pointing this out and asking people to think about what's put in front of them and why.
Think Critically July 30, 2012 at 12:11 AM
On another note, we live in a country where the accused have an implied presumption of innocence under our legal system, a presumption that predates the Constitution. Oftentimes the accused are held to be guilty until proven innocent by the media, ie Montclair Police Blotter (which is more or less a regurgitation of information the police decide to publish, but that's another issue) as well as the public. I try to withhold judgement until all of the facts that will come to light do so and I urge others to do the same. It does no good to point the finger with as limited information as we have. At the end of the day, one person is dead and another is in jail. I hope people ask how and why this happened, rather than pointing fingers and blindly accepting what is put in front of them, no matter how outraged and scared we may be. As much as I want answers, I'm not willing to accept one view without listening to another first.
Montclair's Own July 30, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Jenny, we no longer have the death penalty in NJ.
curious July 30, 2012 at 12:50 PM
we probably should when there is no doubt a killer among us. a life was taken by pure stupidity maybe we should take a life instead of addtl taxes to life in prison..
SeeWhy July 30, 2012 at 02:26 PM
First -- my prayers to the dead man and his family. Second -- i beg to differ with you. This is absolutely a "thug" vs. "non-thug" issue. Check the dictionary before you make statements like this. A thug is a violent criminal and anyone who murders someone is violent. Period. No matter why they did it. I live in montclair and was physically assaulted here recently. I am a white female and he was a white male and YES i tell everyone he is a thug because he IS. Fyi--when you say "we know what those terms imply..." it only reveals what you think -- which is racial. Sad sad sad. A man is DEAD. Please please please, leave race out of it. We need to stop ALL violent/thug behavior!
Mark Long July 30, 2012 at 08:40 PM
This is all wrong
Jenny Ogden July 30, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Can anyone shed any light on James Piits? Were he and Brian friends at Villanova? Were all three hangin around in Montclair? So many unanswered questions? Still so sad for all involved.
Latifah July 30, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Unless you have access to information regarding Mr. Pitts and any association he may have with this incident, I would stop with the innuendo. Ms. Emling, allowing someone's name to be publicly associated with a crime without any evidence except speculation, would seem to be cause for some legal action.
David mapes July 31, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Interesting who you might find from Montclair at Villanova... http://www.linkedin.com/pub/marlon-calbi/42/62/303?_mSplash=1
carol newman August 01, 2012 at 01:10 AM
did they ever find out or even mention if they were looking for the person who was driving the plum colored SUV that "dropped" these two "friends" off at the apartment house?
scarletxknight August 01, 2012 at 01:36 PM
im so glad to see not everyone in this town has their head buried under 10ft of sand and is totally oblivious to whats really going on. sometimes im amazed at the comments i see in these articles that people could be so naive about this innocent town, its innocent residents and precious children. there are larger issues that should be spoken of. no one is "blaming the victim" for being killed, everyone mentioned their condolences. i love montclair but....some of the residents are ready to point fingers and accuse when its comfortable and convenient. when we have the chance to actually open the floor to real conversation, then defenses start flying up. david mapes, think critically and montclairs own --- thank you. i was loosing hope. and the issue of the word "thugs" thats a totally different subject. thats why i put it in quotes the first time because very few people use that word without attaching a face/race/clothing/attitude to it but again, a can of worms not being opened.
Eve Dorovan August 02, 2012 at 07:14 PM
SeeWhy- You can beg to fiffer all you like. The writer who referenced the code words of "thug Vs. non-thug" was absolutely correct. I don't care what Schiavetti's backgroud, status, etc was. If he was there to buy drugs, How do we know that HE was the intended victim, simply because he is the one who ended up deg. He could have very well been violent himself. Let's wait for the facts.
Eve Dorovan August 02, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Eve Dorovan August 02, 2012 at 07:18 PM
What evidence do you have that Schiavetti was a "targe" and crime was "premeditated". You sound so ignorant. How about asking such questions such as how did Schiavetti get into the building? Who brought him there? If he drove on his own, where is is car. If he was driven there, then by whom and where are they now? I guess those little issues don't matter, right?
Eve Dorovan August 02, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Davidmapes- You are right. Sorry, but just because he is dead, does not make him innocent. Funny how no one wants to stay on the point that if he was shot by a drug dealer, then he was there to buy DRUGS.
mounties August 04, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Why is this not a bias crime, where are the vigils and Al Sharpton? Oh the victim was white.
city girl August 05, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Ridgfield is a town known for widespread drug use among youth. Police look the other way. More emphasis is placed upon petty neighborhood disputes such as lawn mowing too early on weekends, flipping someone the bird, speeding tickets on side roads based upon an owner's intrusive video of a neighbor. Meanwhile, suicides,DUI among students and moms is prevalent. It is swept under the rug in this Stepford town. A possible drug deal here is not very surprising at all.
mounties August 06, 2012 at 12:57 PM
City Girl, let’s not assume!
mounties August 06, 2012 at 01:01 PM
The facts are a black kid killed a white kid using and illegal gun. The fact is the black kid was caught selling drugs within 500 feet of a school in 2011 while also have a few other drug related arrests on his record. This kid should have not been on the streets. The problems are bad parenting, liberal judges and a Governor who does not care.
city girl August 07, 2012 at 12:46 AM
assuming that since:"The facts are a black kid killed a white kid using and illegal gun. The fact is the black kid was caught selling drugs within 500 feet of a school in 2011 while also have a few other drug related arrests on his record." then most likely the black kid was selling drugs to this white kid and something went real bad. So that means the white kid was not innocent either.
David mapes August 07, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Brian could've been coming to town not to purchase but to sell a designer drug and Ernest got greedy. Hmmm...


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