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Deputy accused of robbery

May 8, 2013
Lehigh Acres Citizen

A Lee County Sheriff's Office deputy is under arrest, charged with robbery. Michael J. Ronga, 41, was taken into custody at approximately 8:45 p.m. May 5, according to officials.

On May 5, the Lee County Sheriff's Office received a complaint of a deputy involved in a robbery. The suspect was identified as Ronga.

During the course of the investigation, investigators were able to confirm the complaint.

During the interview, the victim advised he was at a local restaurant in Bonita Springs, where deputies responded to in reference to a disturbance. The victim accepted a ride back to his residence by Ronga.

Ronga did not drive toward the victim's residence, but instead drove to a near by location in Bonita Springs. Once there the victim was battered and robbed by Ronga.

The victim managed to get away and fled toward a wooded area. Ronga got back into his vehicle and drove away.

At the scene investigators discovered physical evidence verifying the victim's story resulting in the charges.

"Words simply can't express my disgust and disbelief," Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott said. "Mike Ronga has been arrested and jailed like a criminal should be and his betrayal of our office and the public trust is unforgivable."

"Immediately upon learning of this, I ordered a full investigation as we would with anyone suspected of committing such a serious crime, and we will pursue prosecution and justice to the fullest," he said.

As a result of his arrest, Ronga has been placed on administrative leave without pay.

Ronga was employed at the Lee County Sheriff's Office since 2008 and most recently worked as a deputy in Delta (south) District.



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