People close to a former "Power Rangers" actor accused in a fatal stabbing find the allegation inconceivable, his agent says.
"We’re all in disbelief," Gar Lester said of the incident Saturday in which police say Ricardo Medina stabbed his roommate with a sword. "Those who know him closely don’t think he’s capable of that; it would take an extreme situation."
Medina, booked on suspicion of murder, is set to appear at Antelope Valley Courthouse on Tuesday.
Medina, whom Lester affectionately calls Rico, starred in a "Power Rangers" television series and had minor roles in "ER" and "CSI: Miami."
Lester said Monday that he has known Medina for about 12 years and described the actor as a "sweet soul."
Medina was raised in Downey, according to his profile on IMDb.com. He played football in middle school and high school and also was into wrestling, street hockey and martial arts.
The actor starred as 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.
Before his "Power Rangers" work, Medina had minor roles in "CSI: Miami" and "ER" and was also a contestant on "Kept," a reality television series.
Although it's been six to eight months since Lester has spoken with Medina, the agent says he has reached out to others close to the actor.
“Something must have happened to force him into a situation to protect himself,” Lester said. "He doesn’t have a violent bone in his body."
The incident took place at a house in the 3800 block of San Francisquito Canyon Road, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. That afternoon, Medina and his roommate, Joshua Sutter, 36, got into an argument that turned into a physical altercation, authorities said.
Medina retreated to the bedroom with his girlfriend, but Sutter followed them and forced the door open, according to the Sheriff's Department. Medina picked up a sword that he allegedly kept next to the door and fatally stabbed Sutter once in the abdomen, authorities said.
Afterward, Medina called 911. He stayed at the house and was interviewed by homicide detectives. The 37-year-old actor was booked on suspicion of murder at the Palmdale sheriff's station. His bail was set at $1 million.