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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

‘Ugly Betty’ actor stabs mom to death with a samurai sword

Michael Brea, a 31-year-old actor seen on 'Ugly Betty' and 'Step Up: 3D,' allegedly stabbed his mother to death with a samurai sword in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Prospect Heights on Tuesday morning, police tell local TV station NY1.

Neighbors heard Brea yelling what they believed to be biblical passages and repeating the word "repent" during an argument in the night. Michael's Haitian mother, Yannick Brea, 55, was later found dead with multiple stab wounds. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told NY1 that Brea was holding a Bible when police entered the apartment.

"I would say he was a down-to-earth, cool, hard working person,"
a neighbor said.

Police say the scene was "extremely bloody." It is reported that Brea decapitated his mother and that police used a taser to subdue Brea when they arrived at the scene at around 2:20AM. These claims have not been verified by other sources.

It's reported that Brea also owned a Subway restaurant in Brooklyn with his brother.

Neighbors described the mother and son as "quiet people." The neighbors also say,
"Brea did not give any outward indication of mental illness, and it is unknown what made the actor snap. He apparently had an affinity for martial arts."

"I heard a shriek, someone yelling, and after that probably like a, 'Help me.' And probably about five minutes after that the sound went away,"
said another neighbor.

This is some serious stuff! As fans of "Ugly Betty," we do not remember him nor can we find out what character Brea was on the show.

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