‘Ugly Betty’ Actor Accused Of Slaying Mom With Samurai Sword
NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – An actor, who once appeared on TV’s “Ugly Betty,” is accused of stabbing his mother to death with a samurai sword inside her Brooklyn apartment after delivering a religious rant, police said.
Neighbors told 1010 WINS’ Kathleen Maloney that they heard Michael Brea, 31, screaming Bible verses and saying “repent” as he apparently chased his mother through the Prospect Heights home.
One neighbor said he called 911 after hearing a woman shrieking for help but said when police arrived the screams had stopped.
Yannick Brea, 55, was found dead in a pool of blood inside the second floor apartment at 501 Park Place around 2:20 a.m. Tuesday.
The actor was taken to Kings County Hospital for evaluation.
Residents in the neighborhood said the Brea family was friendly and hard-working.
Charges are pending.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the son had no prior arrests and was not sure if he had a psychiatric history.