Michael Brea, who had a small part on Ugly Betty and was once in a Coke ad, has been taken to a Brooklyn hospital for evaluation after killing his mother- 55-year-old Yannick Brea, a September 11th survivor- with a samurai sword inside their Prospect Heights apartment.
Neighbors in the building, who have described Brea as “real kind,” allege NYPD officers who arrived on the scene did not respond aggressively enough as Brea’s mother lay “groaning” audibly in the apartment:
“I could hear her groaning inside … She was still alive, but they wouldn’t go in,” said Clinton Clare, 52, who lived in the apartment below the Brea family.
Brea’s upstairs neighbor says that after the attack, no one would answer the door at the apartment:
“I heard a ‘Help me!’ shriek,” said Vernal Bent, 18, who lived in the apartment above. “Police kept knocking on the door. Knocking and knocking … All of us kept saying, ‘Open the door.'”
Neighbors also report that Brea was incoherent and “spouting gibberish” when taken from the apartment after the attack.