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Ex-Power Ranger used sword to kill roommate in Palmdale, officials say

Man who played a Power Ranger held on suspicion of murder after his Palmdale roommate is killed with a sword

A Palmdale man who acted in a "Power Rangers" television series was arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the fatal stabbing of his roommate with a sword, authorities said Sunday.

Ricardo Medina, 36, was arrested following the incident, which occurred shortly before 4 p.m. Saturday at a house in the 38000 block of San Francisquito Canyon Road, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

UPDATE: Prosecutors hold off on charging ex-Power Ranger in sword killing

The incident began when Medina went to his bedroom with his girlfriend after getting into an argument with his roommate, Joshua Sutter, according to the Sheriff's Department.

Sutter, 36, followed and forced open the door to the bedroom; Medina took up a sword that he kept next to the door and fatally stabbed Sutter once in the abdomen, authorities said. 

Medina called 911 and stayed at the home. He was later interviewed by detectives and booked Sunday at the sheriff’s station in Palmdale. His bail was set at $1 million.

Detectives have confirmed that Medina played a red Power Ranger on television, Sheriff's Deputy Amber Smith told the Los Angeles Times. According to IMDb, he portrayed the Red Lion Wild Force Ranger on the “Power Rangers Wild Force” series in 2002 and voiced the character Deker on “Power Rangers Samurai” in 2012-13, among other acting roles.

Medina's agent, Gar Lester, told The Times that it was difficult for him to believe the allegations against Medina are true. 

“He’s been my friend and client for 12 years and he’s a great guy,” Lester said Sunday. “He’s great to his dog, he’s great to his people. He’s really a super person.”

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UPDATE

4:20 p.m.: This story has been updated to add information about Ricardo Medina's career and to add comments from agent Gar Lester.

This post was originally published at 1:46 p.m.

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