Former “Power Rangers” member Ricardo Medina was arrested on Sunday for killing his roommate Joshua Sutter with a sword.
Thirty-six-year-old Medina had played the role of Red Lion Wild Force Ranger for the 2002 series titled “Power Rangers Wild Force.” He had also voiced Deker for the 2012-13 series titled “Power Rangers Samurai.”
The stabbing happened on Saturday at block 38000 of San Francisquito Canyon Road after Medina and Sutter had a heated argument, officials from the Los Angeles County Sheriff said as reported by The Los Angeles Times.
The stabbing took place when after their argument Medina went to his bedroom with his girlfriend. Sutter followed him and insisted on opening the bedroom door with force. Medina then grabbed a sword hanging by the bedroom door and stabbed Sutter, fatally injuring him in the abdomen according to the authorities. Medina called 911 and was apprehended thereafter following questionings conducted by detectives.
Gar Lester, Medina’s agent, cannot believe the crime for which Medina was charged.
“He’s been my friend and client for 12 years and he’s a great guy,” Lester told the Los Angeles Times. He added that Medina was kind to his dog, good to people and is actually a “super person.”
The unfortunate incident took place as “Power Rangers Reboot” is already headed into production with set release date in July 2016. Shooting will start anytime this year and final castings will be announced soon according to reports.
The “Power Rangers” movie franchise was first announced on May 2014 by Saban Brands and Lionsgate. Saban had launched the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” 20 years ago and in May decided to partner with Lionsgate to bring “Power Rangers” in the big screen.
The film franchise will follow the story of a group of high school students who have super powers. However, in order to make use of these super powers and save the world, they must first learn how to work and enhanced their powers together as one team.
“In partnership with the Lionsgate team, we’re confident that we will capture the world of the Power Rangers and translate it into a unique and memorable motion picture phenomenon with a legacy all its own,” Saban Brands said in its announcement in May.
“The Power Rangers stories and character have been embraced by generations of audiences for more than 20 years, and today they are more powerful than ever,” Lionsgate said in a statement.