PALMDALE – A 36-year-old man was arrested early Sunday morning for allegedly stabbing his roommate to death with a sword, authorities said.
Ricardo Medina was arrested around 1 a.m. on suspicion of murdering 36-year-old Joshua Sutter and booked at the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station jail, according to Deputy Lillian Peck of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
The sword attack occurred shortly before 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, inside a home in the 38000 block of San Francisquito Canyon Road near Palmdale.
“That afternoon, the victim and the suspect became involved in an argument, which turned into a physical altercation,” Peck stated. “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,” Peck added.
Sutter was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Medina called 9-1-1, remained at the location and was later interviewed by homicide detectives, according to Peck. He was subsequently arrested for Sutter’s murder.
Celebrity gossip website TMZ is reporting that Medina played the Red Ranger in “Power Rangers Wild Force,” a 2002 television series. Medina also played Deker in Power Rangers Samurai in 2011, according to TMZ.com.
Medina remains jailed in lieu of $1 million bail.
UPDATE 2/3/15: MEDINA RELEASED FROM JAIL
Ricardo Medina was released from police custody at 2:11 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, according to LASD inmate records. “We asked for further investigation in the case, so no charge has been filed,” stated Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.