New York — Michael Brea, an actor who has appeared on the TV show “Ugly Betty” and the movie, “Step Up: 3D” was arrested for killing his mother, Yannick Brea with a freemason sword, the New York Post reports.
“I heard a shriek and a woman yelling ‘help me’,” Vernal Bent said. “We called 911 and we kept hearing screams and then we didn’t hear them any more. Michael was chanting Biblical phrases and kept calling for Moses, Jerusalem and the ‘architect of the universe’.”
Police spent nearly 45 minutes trying to get into the apartment, Bent said. They left and returned with a SWAT team, which broke into the home and found Yannick Brea fatally stabbed in a bedroom, sources said.
Another neighbor said Brea kept calling for the “architect of the universe,” a term used by Freemasons to refer to a supreme being. And a police source said the murder weapon was a three-foot ceremonial Masonic sword.
A police official said 911 calls started coming in about 1:12 a.m. reporting a domestic argument in the second floor apartment on Park Place. Cops arrive minutes later and could hear Brea chanting Biblical terms behind the locked door but heard no indication of a fight.
Then a neighbor told them he could see blood on the windowsill from his own apartment so cops followed him, confirmed the blood, and then kicked in the front door.
Once inside they saw Brea brandishing the large sword, and called Emergency Services Unit for backup, which is standard practice according to Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
“It was a barricaded situation,” Kelly said. “When there is a barricade situation responding patrol officers, if possible, wait for Emergency Services Unit to respond, they’re trained psychological technicians, they have additional equipment that enables them to perhaps better protect themselves to go through the door.”