NEW YORK (CBS/WCBS/AP) Michael Brea, an actor who once appeared in the former hit ABC series "Ugly Betty," is accused of decapitating his mother with a samurai sword in her Brooklyn apartment after delivering a religious rant, police said.
Neighbors told CBS affiliate WCBS that they heard the 31-year-old actor screaming Bible verses and saying "repent" as he apparently chased his mother through the home.
One neighbor said he called 911 after hearing a woman shrieking for help, but said when police arrived the screams had stopped.
The victim, identified as 55-year-old Yannick Brea, was dead when officers arrived Tuesday at 2:20 a.m. Sources told New York station WPIX that the body was found hacked and decapitated.
Brea was arrested and taken to Kings County Hospital for a psychiatric exam. Neighbors told The New York Daily News that spattered blood was visible on the apartment windows.
In addition to "Ugly Betty," the Haitian-American actor appeared in the movie "Step-Up 3-D" and starred in a campaign for the energy drink Full Throttle, according to a Haiti Internet movie database website.