Ex-Power Ranger Accused of Killing Roommate With Sword
Today in the category of super bizarre news that is sure to ruin your childhood, former Power Ranger Ricardo Medina Jr. has been arrested for killing his roommate with a samurai sword.
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According to a statement released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Medina, 36, got into an argument that turned physical with his roommate Joshua Stutter, 36, at their Palmdale, CA home. There’s no indication at this point of what they were arguing about, or what motive Medina may have had to go after his roommate. LASD recounted the incident stating:
Suspect Medina retreated to his bedroom with his girlfriend, but Victim Sutter followed them and forced the door open. Suspect Medina stabbed Victim Sutter once in the abdomen with a sword kept next to the bedroom door.
The department said Medina called 911 after the altercation and waited for police to arrive at the scene before being taken into custody and booked for murder at the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station, where he is currently being held with a $1 million bail.
Medina is best known for his role as Cole Evans, the Red Wild Force Ranger on the franchise’s tenth season, Power Rangers Wild Force. Ironically enough, his most recent acting role was as the samurai-wielding villain Deker in the 2012 film Power Rangers Super Samurai.
What’s even more surprising is Medina isn’t the only former Power Rangers actor to be accused of murder. In 2004, Skylar Deleon, an actor in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, murdered an Arizona couple while trying to steal their boat by tying them to an anchor and throwing them overboard. On April 10, 2009 Deleon was sentenced to death for the murders.
Medina is set to appear in court Tuesday morning. For my fellow 90s kids who grew up watching season after season of power rangers fight bad guys in crayon colored jumpsuits, I think it’s safe to say that this isn’t at all how we wanted to reminisce.