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Actor accused of killing mom w/ samurai sword

November 23, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Actor Michael Brea, who appeared briefly in the TV show "Ugly Betty" and the movie "Step Up 3D," was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of stabbing his mother to death with a 3-foot samurai sword.Officers responding to a call of a family dispute found 55-year-old Yannick Brea kneeling in the bathroom of her Brooklyn apartment at about 2:20 a.m. She had cuts to her head and was pronounced dead at the scene, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

Police said the 31-year-old actor apparently had an argument with his mother and began stabbing her. Neighbors reported hearing a man yelling Bible passages during the attack.

"I heard this wild screaming," Gregory Clare, who lived in the building, told the Daily News of New York. He said he heard screams of "'Repent, repent, sinner, sinner,' over and over again," and "'You never accepted Jesus."'

Michael Brea was taken to Kings County Hospital for psychiatric evaluation.

He has no prior arrests, and Kelly was not sure if he had a psychiatric history. No previous domestic violence incidents had been reported at the home, police said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.