updated 11/24/2010 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 11/24/2010 AT 11:00 AM ET
The bit-player Ugly Betty actor who allegedly killed his mother with a samurai sword in Brooklyn on Tuesday was in the throes of a religious frenzy and shouting at his mother to repent for being a sinner, according to multiple reports.
Michael Brea, 31, who has been charged with murder, howled, “Sinner! Sinner! You never accepted Jesus!” at his mother Yannick before killing her, neighbors and police told New York’s Daily News.
He screamed at her to repent and later told psychiatrists at Bellevue Hospital that he had seen the devil in her, according to the New York Post.
Alerted to the commotion by neighbors, police broke down the apartment door at around 2 a.m., tasered Brea and arrested him, and later charged him with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.
Brea’s uncle, Serge Marcel, told the New York Times that his actor nephew was “a very nice kid, a gentle kid.”