Ugly Betty Actor Hacks Mother To Death
Michael Brea, a 31-year-old actor who had bit roles in shows like Ugly Betty and films like Step Up 3D, slayed his 55-year-old mother to death with a Masonic ceremonial sword in their Brooklyn apartment and has now been charged with her murder.
According to MTV News:
The 31-year-old Brea stands accused of holding his mother hostage and then slaying her with a 3-foot-long sword. Citing police sources, the New York Daily News reports that Brea was convinced his mother was possessed by Satan and that he yelled such statements as “Sinner! Sinner!” and “You never accepted Jesus” as neighbors listened in horror early Tuesday morning.
Neighbors in his Prospect Heights apartment eventually called the police. “I hear the brother chasing her [his mother] through the house and he’s just saying a bunch of [Bible] passages like ‘Repent, Repent, Repent,’ ” neighbor Gregory Clare told New York’s WPIX. “I heard him chasing her through the house and I hear a loud scream, and so I have my father call the cops, call 911.”
Officers responding to the call reportedly encountered an extremely bloody scene and the butchered body of Brea’s mother. Brea himself was said to be clutching a bible and a sword (initial reports claimed it was a samurai sword, but the Daily News now says it was a Masonic ceremonial sword). The actor was aggressive and had to be Tasered before being placed on a stretcher and brought to Kings County Hospital for psychological evaluation.
Brea had previously shown no signs of mental illness and according to neighbors, both him and his mother were described as “quiet people.”