Tuesday, November 23, 2010
A Haitian-American actor murdered his mother with a samurai sword
Police say an "Ugly Betty" actor held his mother hostage and then murdered her with a samurai sword while screaming Bible passages in Brooklyn. Neighbors identified the suspect as Haitian-American actor Michael L. Brea, who has had roles on the TV series "Ugly Betty" and movie "Step-Up 3-D." He was also the face of a campaign for the energy drink Coca-Cola: Full Throttle, according to Haiti Internet movie database website BelFim.com. When responding officers arrived, they encountered the mentally disturbed 31-year-old Brea. He was very combative toward the first responders, who had to taser the man in order to subdue him. Brea was transported to Kings County Hospital with a police guard assigned to him. Officers described the crime scene as "extremely bloody" where the victim was discovered and immediately pronounced dead. She was identified as 55-year-old Yannick Brea. Sources close to the investigation said that Brea used a samurai sword to attack his mother, whose body was found badly hacked, decapitated and stabbed multiple times in another room.