Former Power Ranger fatally stabs roommate with sword in Green Valley, LASD confirms

PALMDALE, Calif. (KABC) -- Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies have arrested Ricardo Medina, Jr., who is best known for his role as the red Power Ranger, in connection with fatally stabbing his roommate with a sword in their Green Valley home.

Medina, 36, was booked for murder at Palmdale Sheriff's Station. He was being held in lieu of $1 million.

"He is a great friend and a great client. It's something I can't even conceive. I don't see that in him. He was a very helpful guy and great with his dog. It's such a shock," said Gar Lester, Medina's former agent who has known the actor for 12 years.

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies said Medina called 911 at about 3:50 p.m. to report the stabbing in his home in the 38000 block of San Francisquito Canyon Road.

Sheriff's deputies said Medina got into an argument that turned into a physical fight with his roommate Joshua Sutter, 36. Sutter allegedly followed Medina and his girlfriend into their room by forcing the door open. Medina then stabbed Sutter in the abdomen with a sword kept next to the bedroom door.

Sutter was taken to a hospital, where he later died.

Neighbors say Medina, who has only lived in the home for about two months, kept to himself.

"We brought him some bread and just tried to interact a little bit with him, but he was more of the, you know, the type of guy that didn't really want to communicate," said neighbor Justin Adamson.

Medina played the Red Lion Wild Force Ranger in 2002, according to IMDB.

Jason Faunt, a fellow Power Ranger and close friend, says he's stunned by the alleged crime.

"I was just with him a couple of months ago and he seemed great. He seemed like himself," Faunt said.

Sutter's sister, who didn't want to talk on camera, says her brother told her Medina was a little crazy and that the two of them had been having problems.

Faunt and Lester, Medina's former agent, believe there is more to the story.

"You're just shocked by it cause you think he's not capable of that. He seems too gentle of a person to be that way," Faunt said.

Medina is set to make his first appearance in court Tuesday morning.

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