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Posted at 4:31 PM ET, 11/23/2010

'Ugly Betty' bit player Michael Brea arrested for allegedly decapitating mother

By Liz Kelly

An image of Brea from his Facebook page. (Courtesy New York Daily News)

Michael Brea, an actor who had bit parts in "Ugly Betty" and "Step-Up 3D" has reportedly been taken into custody, accused of decapitating his mother with a samurai sword.

According to, "a spokesperson for the New York Police Department was not yet revealing the names of the people involved, but would confirm that a sword was used in a murder that took place at 2 a.m. at 501 Park Place in Prospect Heights. Records indicate that Brea’s mother lived in Apartment 2 at that address."

CBS News reports that the 31-year-old actor reportedly screamed Bible verses and said "repent" as he chased his mother through her home. Neighbors told the New York Daily News that 911 was called after screams were heard coming from the apartment about 1 a.m. Officers came and, supposedly despite blood smeared on an apartment window, left again. A second call to 911 was made, and the police returned, breaking down the apartment door.

Brea was taken to Kings County Hospital for a psychiatric exam.

Sources:, CBS News, New York Daily News

By Liz Kelly  | November 23, 2010; 4:31 PM ET
Categories:  Crime Watch  
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