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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.

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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.”


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    LAWMANTUKES

    over 3 years ago

    6976 Comments

    Well said "HEYSARGE"..!!!!

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    LAWMANTUKES

    over 3 years ago

    6976 Comments

    "Bump" BeachAngel

    So tragic is this story.. This is unfortunately the fault of either a mental illness or perhaps mind altering substances. Eitherway, the only blame lies with the deranged sick-o son.

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    BeachAngel

    over 3 years ago

    5888 Comments

    R.I.P. Mrs. Brea... very sad to hear & 9/11 survivor at that... & by your own son at that.. wrenching. Unfortunately protocol is protocol.. can't make judgement against these officers w/o all the facts. 1st instinct for anyone would be to break down the door, run in & help.. I'm sure it wasn't easy for these officers to "wait", but there are certain rules of engagement, etc. that must be followed. Her son is responsible.

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    Whalewatcher

    over 3 years ago

    11216 Comments

    As the old saying goes, hindsight is 20/20, but I wasn't there and can't really comment on the response by the officers. Ultimately, the son is responsible for this. R.I.P., Mrs. Brea; a 9/11 survivor deserved so much better ......

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    Retleo

    over 3 years ago

    5524 Comments

    Hollywood Actor Murders Mother With Samurai Sword......screams the headline yet the first 3/4 of the story concentrates on bad-mouthing the responding police. Typical media BS. SOP for these officers may not be in line for what serves as SOP in your departments, so we cannot criticize these officers unless we are fully familiar with their SOPs and ALL OF THE FACTS surrounding this sad incident!

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    Robocop33

    over 3 years ago

    14636 Comments

    HEY SARGE pointed out the obvious that has somehow been overlooked, the person responsible is the victims son, period. Also, we were not there and it is very hard to make a decision based on simple reports, much less a news article. You need to speak to the Officers on the scene. Many reasons they did not force entry and we do not know what it was that they didn't. Was it policy, something else? My thinking was policy as that is sometimes the main reason because in today's sue cautious world the brass is often reluctant to allow the street cop to use his own common sense and simply take the door based on his judgement. Sad for the victim but again, it is the son who is responsible.

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    Sheriff_1

    over 3 years ago

    8024 Comments

    RIP The officers arent the villians The nut wth the sword is

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    DALLASCRANE

    over 3 years ago

    19382 Comments

    In hindsight everyone who wasn't there knows the answer. Tragic and sad. Hard working Yannick Brea did not deserve this. RIPI

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    bluelinefarms

    over 3 years ago

    310 Comments

    Someone is killed by a psycho and now the responders are being criticized? come one now, how about comments criticizing the killer, if anyone is in the wrong its not the cops its the killer. Once again non LEO's dont know what they are talking about.

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    HEYSARGE

    over 3 years ago

    16726 Comments

    Non police don't understand what's being said in this post....I have to keep reminding my self of this...

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    npd783

    over 3 years ago

    1156 Comments

    I cannot judge the officers involved, but for me I believe they should have tried to get in and help.

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    HEYSARGE

    over 3 years ago

    16726 Comments

    Ok folks this called exigent circumstances based on what's contained in the article..It's a simple concept. A situation demanding swift attention or action on the police. I doubt that the officer's were waiting like the article said for an "OK" to break the door down...I'm sure the article is missing some fact's as to why there was a delayed entry.........There could of been an exchange of words between the police and the suspect while the door was closed to prompt the police to wait for their "Emergency Service Unit " Kinda sounds like the perp was considered barricaded at the time........It's a delicate balancing act by first responders. It's alway hard for the public to understand why the police just didn't bust the door down. By waiting could of saved an officer's life...................Unfortunately the victim died but the responsible party for the death is the son not the police...And all the cops go home at the end of the day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    FreezeP

    over 3 years ago

    1456 Comments

    I See a BIG payout here! And watch this piece of S be found incompentant to stand trial, which that is as much crap as the officers not going in and taking care of buisness.

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    KEVIN3590

    over 3 years ago

    68 Comments

    It is very easy to sit back and criticize those that are on scene first and don't have the information that we have now. However, that being said have we not learned from the recent past ?? Don't we now train for Active Shooter senario's, should that not have been applied here? Hopefully a full investigation will be conducted and those first responder officer's will be justified in their actions...or...retrained. This is not an easy job...but people depend upon our actions.

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    Robocop33

    over 3 years ago

    14636 Comments

    Someones butt is going to be in a crack over this. All these rules LEOs are required to follow just got another person killed and of course the street cop is the one going to get the blame. Rules be damned but if that was me at the door, it would have gone down. Old school, we didn't wait for clearance from the top brass to take a door, we used common sense.

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