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Deputy Arrested for Robbery
Monday, May 6, 2013

A sheriff's deputy is under arrest, charged with Robbery. Michael J. Ronga, was arrested at approximately 8:45pm on May 5, 2013.

On May 5, 2013, the Lee County Sheriff's Office received a complaint of a deputy involved in a robbery. The suspect was identified as Michael J. 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 the suspect. The suspect did not drive towards the victim's residence, but instead drove to a near by location in Bonita Springs. Once there the victim was battered and robbed by the suspect. The victim managed to get away and fled towards a wooded area. The suspect got back into his vehicle and drove away. At the scene investigators discovered physical evidence verifying the victim’s story resulting in the charges.

Sheriff Mike Scott stated “Words simply can’t express my disgust and disbelief. 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.”

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.

Arrested: Michael Ronga, DOB 10/23/1971, charged with Robbery-No Firearm or Weapon.

Media inquiries are directed to Public Information Office at (239) 477-1340.

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