updated 11/23/2010 AT 2:35 PM ET
•originally published 11/23/2010 AT 2:40 PM ET
An actor who had bit parts on Ugly Betty and in Step-Up 3D has allegedly murdered his mother with a samurai sword, according to reports.
A black 55-year-old woman identified as Yannick Brea was found dead in a Brooklyn apartment with multiple stab wounds early Tuesday morning, the NYPD confirms to PEOPLE.
A male was taken into custody and transported to Kings County Hospital, and while the NYPD is not yet releasing the alleged suspect’s name, WPIX-11 in New York reports he is Michael Brea, 31, and that he used a samurai sword to commit the crime.
Police confirmed to EW.com that the weapon used was a sword.
The investigation is ongoing. Charges are pending.
ABC, the network on which Ugly Betty appeared, had no comment.