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Joshua Oliver Sutter , 36

Joshua Sutter, a 36-year-old white man, was fatally stabbed Saturday, Jan. 31, in the 38000 block of San Francisquito Canyon Road in Palmdale, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Shortly before 4 p.m., Sutter and his roommate got into an argument that escalated into a physical fight.

Ricardo Medina, a 36-year-old Latino, then went into the bedroom with his girlfriend, but Sutter followed them and forced the door open, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Authorities said that Medina picked up a sword he kept near the door and fatally stabbed Sutter once in the abdomen.

Afterward, Medina called 911. He stayed at his home, was interviewed by detectives and booked into county jail. Sutter was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Medina starred as the Red Lion Wild Force Ranger on the “Power Rangers Wild Force” series in 2002 and voiced the character Deker on “Power Rangers Samurai” in 2012-13.

Before his “Power Rangers” work, Medina had minor roles in “CSI: Miami” and “ER” and was also a contestant on “Kept” a reality television series. Medina’s agent, Gar Lester, told The Times that it was difficult for him to believe the allegations against Medina are true.

“He’s been my friend and client for 12 years and he’s a great guy,” Lester said. “He’s great to his dog, he’s great to his people. He’s really a super person.”

On Feb. 3, prosecutors decided to hold off on a decision to charge Medina in the fatal stabbing. Prosecutors asked detectives for “further investigation” before they will make their decision, said Los Angeles County district attorney's spokesman Ricardo Santiago.

According to online Sheriff’s Department records, Medina was released that day.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

-- Los Angeles Times staff

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