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Throwback Tuesday: Which 90s Saturday Morning TV Staple Just Killed His Roommate With A Samurai Sword?

By Brian Byrd | Industry | February 3, 2015 |

By Brian Byrd | Industry | February 3, 2015 |

Here’s a life lesson for all you hotheads out there: if you get in a fight with your roommate, and that roommate happens to be a former Mighty Morphin Power Ranger who keeps a goddamn sword in his bedroom, maybe just call the altercation a draw if he’s within reach of said weapon.

Joshua Sutter did not heed this advice. Sutter got into a scrap with his roommate, 36-year-old Ricardo Medina Jr., better known (I guess?) as the Red Power Ranger from such classics as Power Rangers Wild Force and Power Rangers Samurai. After the fight, Medina retreated to his bedroom with his girlfriend. Sutter followed and forced his way in. Medina apparently took umbrage to Sutter’s unauthorized entry and stabbed him to death with a samurai sword.


After calling 911, Medina was arrested at the scene by the LA County Sheriff’s Department and charged with murder. Medina’s agent, Gar Lester, told the Los Angeles Times that the accusations are difficult to believe in part because “he’s great to his dogs.”

Hard to know what to think here. Yes, Medina allegedly rammed a sword into someone’s stomach. It also appears as though Sutter continued or escalated a situation Medina tried to diffuse. All I know is that I just spent three sentences analyzing whether a former live-action cartoon character was justified in killing a man. My absurdity quota for the week is achieved.

For what it’s worth, this isn’t the only fairly recent fatality involving five-foot-long blade. Back in 2009 a 20-year-old Johns Hopkins student named John Pontolillo killed an unarmed intruder with a samurai sword outside of Pontolillo’s Baltimore home. The Baltimore AG’s office declined to file charges after evidence showed Pontolillo believed he was genuinely in danger of “death or serious bodily injury.”

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