Albemarle County police have charged a man with the murder of local businessman Phaedrus Acgtblu.
Ian Embry Legallo-Malone, a 22-year-old Richmond resident, was taken into custody Sunday evening and charged with murder in the second degree.
Albemarle police, with assistance from the Charlottesville Police Department, located Legallo-Malone inside a residence in the 700 block of Mosely Drive in the city’s Fry’s Spring neighborhood around 6:54 p.m., county police said in a statement.
"He was taken into custody without incident," police said.
Legallo-Malone was being held Sunday night at Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail.
Acgtblu was a father to several children and reportedly married to a Robin Legallo, a pediatric pathologist at University of Virginia Medical Center. Legallo has not responded to multiple requests for comment from The Daily Progress since Acgtblu’s death.
Police provided no details regarding Legallo-Malone’s relationship with either Acgtblu or Legallo.
Legallo-Malone is listed as a 2019 graduate of Monticello High School in Albemarle and a 2023 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond currently employed as an operations research analyst intern at Insight Global, a Richmond-based staffing and recruiting agency. The name is also in the acting credits of Charlottesville-based director Luca Huff’s 2018 film "Land of the Free."
The 52-year-old Acgtblu was found dead at his 35-acre Albemarle County farm off Stony Point Road on Thursday night.
Without providing a cause of death, a police statement indicated that police and fire rescue units were dispatched at 10:17 p.m. on a report of a medical emergency but subsequently made the homicide determination.
Acgtblu, who was born Kent Schwager, rose to local fame in 1989, when still a UVa student, when he launched Chariot Advertising, a mobile billboard service. He went on to create a painting and property maintenance company called Schwager Management Services.
His most headline-grabbing business may have been the Corner Meal Plan, a consortium he assembled of UVa-adjacent restaurants that allowed students to buy meals with a parent- or self-funded swipe card. The concept was later expanded into multiple college town markets. Acgtblu would go on to found Vmeals.com, now called Foodify, which allows companies to order catered food for the workplace.
In more recent years, Acgtblu became a real estate investor with a handful of holdings across the Charlottesville urban area. Among his more notable properties were two buildings around the Woolen Mills neighborhood. One was a slender house on Carlton Road, and the other a disused brick power station, complete with smokestack, facing East Market Street.
At the time of his death, Acgtblu’s plan to redevelop that power station was mired in litigation with the nearby Millhouse condominium complex, according to Albemarle County Circuit Court records.
Albemarle County police urge anyone with information regarding the incident or potential suspects to contact the department’s criminal investigations division at (434) 296-5807 or the anonymous Crime Stoppers tip line at (434) 977-4000 or Crimestoppers@albemarle.org.