How ironic when the role you’re most famous for as a mysterious sword-wielding Power Rangers also makes you famous again when you’re arrested for murdering your roommate with a sword. Ricardo Medina Jr. went through that this weekend, and today he’ll be appearing in court after sitting in jail in lieu of a one million dollar bond.
Former “Power Rangers Wild Force” star Ricardo Medina Jr. was arrested for murder in connection to the stabbing death of his roommate Joshua Sutter, Fox News reported today.
The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said that Medina Jr. and Sutter got into a heated argument that turned into a physical altercation late Saturday afternoon at the residence they shared together. Medina Jr. went to his bedroom with his girlfriend, but Sutter forced his way into the locked room where the actor stabbed his roommate in the abdomen with a nearby sword. Sutter was immediately taken to a hospital and pronounced dead soon after.
Medina Jr. called 911 right after stabbing his roommate and remained at the scene until detectives arrived to interview him. They arrested him for murder and authorities say that he’s being held at Palmdale Sheriff’s station, where he is being held in lieu of $1 million bail. The incident is still being investigated.
Medina’s longtime agent, Gar Lester, said the accusations were difficult and too shocking to believe.
“He’s been my friend and client for 12 years and he’s a great guy,” Lester told the Los Angeles Times. “He’s great to his dog, he’s great to his people. He’s really a super person.”
Medina played the Red Lion Wild Force Ranger in the “Power Rangers Wild Force” series in 2002, and voiced the character Deker for both a TV series and a video game for “Power Rangers Samurai.” He played a mysterious sword-wielding figure, but it’s not known if the prop from the television show is the one that was used on his male roommate. Medina has also appeared in episodes of “ER” and “CSI: Miami” along with the movie “Confessions of a Pit Fighter” in 2005.
Previously, another “Power Rangers” actor, Skylar Deleon, was convicted of the murder of Thomas and Jackie Hawks, as well as a John Jarvi a year later in 2004.
Medina Jr. is expected to appear in Antelope Valley Courthouse on Tuesday, according to documents on the department’s website.