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Hollywood Actor Murders Mother With Samurai Sword

Hollywood Actor Murders Mother With Samurai Sword

The body of Yannick Brea is removed from the scene of the crime. [AP]

New York Daily News via YellowBrix

November 23, 2010

BROOKLYN – Neighbors of a Brooklyn woman savagely stabbed to death by her deranged son claim cops refused to enter her apartment early Tuesday despite their pleas for her life.

When cops finally went inside the Prospect Heights home, they found Yannick Brea slain by her samurai sword-wielding son in a blood-spattered 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.

Clare estimated police waited an hour before bursting into the apartment, where neighbors heard Michael Brea, 31, delivering a terrifying religious rant at his doomed mother.

“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 said the first screams came from the apartment shortly after 1 a.m., with one saying she made a 911 call where she told a police dispatcher there was blood smeared on an apartment window.

Gregory Clare, 25, whose father owns the building, said his dad gave the OK for four cops to break down the door.

“They just kept saying protocol this and protocol that,” he said. “Now a woman’s dead who should be alive if only the police would have listened.”

NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly questioned neighbor accounts of the delay, saying he believed officers handled the situation properly.

“It’s a barricaded situation and that is handled by the Emergency Services Unit. What happens in a barricade situation is that responding patrol officers, if possible, wait for the Emergency Services forces to arrive,” Kelly said.


Michael Brea once appeared on the show "Ugly Betty." [Facebook]

Brea – an aspiring actor who once played a bit part on “Ugly Betty” – angrily screamed at his mother to “repent” before delivering the death blows.

“I heard this wild screaming,” said Gregory Clare, who lived in the Prospect Heights building.

“Michael was yelling, ‘Repent, repent, sinner, sinner,’ over and over again,” Clare said. “He was screaming, ‘You never accepted Jesus.’ It was real loud.”

Yannick Brea, 55, howled for help that didn’t arrive in time to save her. Neighbors said she was a 9/11 survivor who worked at the Marriott hotel in the World Trade Center.

“Her screams woke me up,” said another neighbor in the four-story building. “Screams I’ll never forget. … I heard \[Michael\] rambling. He was incoherent.”

Michael Brea was spouting gibberish when he was removed from the Park Place apartment on a stretcher, neighbors said.

He was taken to Kings County Hospital for a psychiatric exam after his arrest. Neighbors said spattered blood was visible on the apartment windows.

The accused killer’s cousin was stunned by the news of Yannick’s death.

“She was a very loving person,” said John Brea, 34, as he stood outside the apartment building. “She helped to raise all of us.”

John Brea said his aunt was a hard-working woman employed by a local hotel.

Neighbors and an ex-girlfriend described Michael Brea as a martial arts student who showed no signs of any mental illness and no violent tendencies.

“Michael had the whole world in his hands,” said an ex-girlfriend. “This is a shock.”

Neighbor Clare agreed.

“I saw Michael last Saturday,” he said. “He was asking about my daughter. He was always real kind.”

  • Badge_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Damn. A Samurai sword.

  • Car_004_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Screwed if you do and screwed if you don't, we just have to realize that the simple thought process of non LOE's in their simple world will never understand why we do what we do. The son is at fault, we can not save everyone and the officers are alive to save lives in the future. Policy is different everywhere and I would not second guess the decisions of the officers based on what we do at my department. We are all frustrated with different policies that we do not agree with and I can not even imagine the policies in place at a major city dept. If you are not a officer and do not agree with the actions of a officer than educate yourself in the decision process the modern officer must go through and common sense is not allowed in a lot of cases because the officer is risking their families future for acting from the heart or common sense. If you are willing to pick up the bills of any officer that may be acting within your beliefs when he/she gets fired for violating policy then please speak up and we will be glad to give you a call when an officer is fired for doing right. Otherwise elect the lawmakers that put the power to make decisions back in the hands of the street cop or at least will stand behind the split second decision made by the officer. If you have ever made a split second decision for a single action, revisit that decision in your mind and add about 100 more options based on off the wall garbage that could affect your job, family, popular opinion, your freedom, your financial future, the financial future of everyone that will sue you, your supervisors thoughts, your bosses thoughts, attorneys thoughts (to include DA, Defense, Cival attorneys on both sides, the cost of the lawsuites ETC.....)Then as a FINAL thought, will I survive this encounter! That's right, the final thought is often personal safety because many officers are more afraid of what will happen if I do compaired to what will happen to me if I don't!! Welcome to the world of the modern officer! Now do you really want to judge?

  • American_flag_eagle_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Sad what happened...BUT...I bet this is not the first time this POS had a "break" from reality...It is always up to us to fix what has taken years to get to the point that we are called; and if it does not turn out like the non-leo wanted then blame us....end of the day...WE go home alive.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago

    The public ties our hands on the street to take the appropriate actions and then burns us at the stake for following the rules set by them! Rest in peace to the vicim of another idiot who had a future! Bump Retleo!

  • Pic-0246_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    everybody is blaming the police? thats a shock.

  • Marvin_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    They are bashing the police for not kicking in the door to rescue her, but if they had and shot the dude then it would be "They shot him down in cold blood, he was a sick boy who needed help".

  • Policememorial---a_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Typical liberal media bashing of the police. What else can we expect from them?

    This scumbag plays a one time bit part in some hack TV series and gets billed as a "Hollywood Actor"? Hey I took a splinter from my kid's hand once does that make me a "Medical Doctor"?

  • Me_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    It's unfortunate that we as officers have to always be concerned about weather or not we are going to get sued, suspended, fired ect. for making a decision and when we do as were suppose to we still end up sued, suspended, fired ect. it's no win situation.....

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    Wonder what he was smoking, shooting, or drinking?

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago

    Sad and tragic for everyone, PD included. Whatever the NYPD's response protocol is, most of us don't know it and weren't there. Let's bump Retleo and leave the armchair reviewing to IAD and the media.

  • Me_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    People forget sometimes the very laws that are meant to protect them can sometimes hurt them. This is a perfect example. It just works out that way sometimes. Very unfortunate. The police would have been justified in breaking down the door immediately even if they found nothing wrong. However, when we have to make the split second decision like this and risk being sued and losing your livelihood and your family's meal ticket, it makes one hesitate. As a general rule, police officers want to make the right decision and sometimes the interpretation of the law prohibits that from happening in a timely manner.

  • Vpsomourningband_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Attention all of you with the negative comments -- how easy it is for you to Monday morning quarterback! And why would you believe that this is the entire "truthful" story? Amazing.
    Mrs. Brea, may you rest in peace.

  • John_groh_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Bump Ret Leo

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago

    right Sheriff 1; i will press the "nut with sword" button on this one too and when a cop gets killed, who complains then? i didn't see any big protest rallies after Ryan Bonamino was shot.

  • Pdpic_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Let me enlighten all those that see this story. We have procedures because of all the civil rights groups in brooklyn. We dont stray from those procedures. If we do and it doesnt turn out right we get suspended or fired for doing the right thing. If she felt she was in danger then she should have had her son removed from the house. Unfortunalty somebody had to die but maybe we should put the blame on the civil rights groups that say you can do that to us. Next time tell the neighbors to call al sharpton!

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