BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — A Lee County Sheriff's deputy was charged with robbery for allegedly battering and stealing from a man he had offered a ride home.
Lee County officials said Michael Ronga and other deputies received a call about a disturbance at a restaurant in Bonita Springs. Ronga offered to give the victim a ride home, but instead authorities said the deputy drove somewhere else and battered and robbed the victim. The unidentified victim ran into the woods and 41-year-old Ronga allegedly drove off.
Investigators discovered physical evidence at the scene verifying the victim's story which authorities said led to the charges.
"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." ," Sheriff Mike Scott said in a statement.
Ronga was charged with robbery Sunday night and placed on administrative leave without pay. Authorities said Ronga has been with the agency since 2008.
A telephone listing for Ronga said it was no longer in service on Monday.