Minister Fred Luongo
FL - On December 24, 2014, Minister
Fred Luongo, who was
previously convicted of 'peacefully
resisting arrest,' (aka: Resisting
officer without violence to his or her person) filed an appeal with
Florida's Office of the State Attorney, Appellate Division. Minister
Luongo's attorney, Jacob Noble, along with the State are now filing
responses which are required before court dates are scheduled. As of
May 19, 2015, the State has not filed further response.
The Minister claims
that he did not resist, ever. Furthermore, he claims to have been
arrested after his former neighbor,
Jeff Gomez, claimed that he, "flipped him off," which
resulted in the Minister's arrest for violation of an injunction order
the Minister claims was, "wrongfully granted in the first
Luongo stated he has, "suffered extreme abuse from his former
neighbor Jeff Gomez (the accuser), the Indian River County Sheriff's
Department, and the local courts over the past several years."
Minister Luongo's criminal history shows nothing on record, until
his former neighbor, Jeff Gomez purchased property next to his now
closed non-profit food bank. It was shortly after they became neighbors
that conflict arose. A detailed account of the problems can be read
in our previous
background's on Minister Luongo, it was apparent that he has spent
of his life feeding the homeless and preaching.
sources proved that he has dedicated much of his life to helping
others. This begged the question; Is he the type of person to commit
such a crime; would a Minister, "flip off his neighbor?" And,
was his arrest lawful or unlawful?
I found it difficult
to fully understand how someone could be arrested and charged with
resisting arrest, until I started talking
to people associated with the Minister's case. His accuser, Jeff Gomez
has a reported long standing relationship with the local police, even
being referred to as a, "friend" by Indian River County Sheriff
Lieutenant Kent Campbell, who arrested Minister Luongo for peacefully
resisting. Causing more concern, I learned that Lieutenant Campbell's
wife is employed by Jeff Gomez, the accuser, which paints a picture
of bias and intent. Interestingly, the Indian River County Sheriff's
Department spokesperson, Sergeant Eric Flowers informed me during a
phone conversation that all of their vehicles have video capability,
and, several of their deputies have camera's on their person, yet Lieutenant
Kent Campbell, who arrested Minister Luongo, and is in charge of the
entire department while in uniform, did not record Minister Luongo,
'peacefully resisting arrest." Why?
After my previous article on this case, I was contacted by Jeff Gomez,
and, Deputy Teddy Floyd, who were both named in my previous article.
They both claimed to have not lied, nor violated the Minister in any
way whatsoever. They agreed to contact me with proof that what I had
published was not true, and I told them, in return I would remove the
content and retract my previous article if they could support their
claims with evidence. That was over three months ago. Both Jeff Gomez
and Deputy Teddy Floyd never contacted me again.
River County, Florida - Deputy Teddy Floyd
Many of Minister
Luongo's troubles with Gomez originated over property disputes. Gomez
and operates Coast to Coast Landscaping, which
is located directly next to the Minister's now closed food bank. Witnesses
reported that Gomez, either himself, or through his employees, damaged
the Minister's cargo truck which was used to transport food for homeless
people. Additionally, the Minister's plants were allegedly sprayed
by Gomez's employees with poison several times, always dying, causing
the Minister to re-plant. The Minister was constantly touching dead
plants, not knowing he was coming into direct contact with toxic poison.
Minister Luongo's medical reports confirm the seriousness of the health
problems that he endured as a result. The Minister built several fences
between his and Mr. Gomez's property which were allegedly damaged by
Gomez and/or his employees. The Minister claims that each time police
got involved, he was almost always arrested (arrested five times).
Not knowing why, he began suffering from severe stress. Mr. Gomez was
able to get multiple injunctions (restraining orders) against the Minister,
causing the Minister's business, health, personal, and family life
to suffer immensely. In all, Minister Lunogo has been, "ordered" by
the courts to undergo two mental evaluations. He
passed both. He claims
to be suffering from a case of self-described, "abuse."
Many people in the Minister's community have come forward, supporting
received many awards for his hard work. Multiple organizations
and publications have recognized him for helping the homeless.
Subsequent to my
first article, I contacted Indian River County Code-Enforcement.
It was Indian River
Code-Enforcement (employee's name omitted as requested)
that dealt with several complaints between the two neighbors. I was
told by Code-Enforcement that my previous article was, "spot-on."
While looking further
into Gomez' past, I discovered a lawsuit, in which he was named as
The suit, a claim of "Fair Labor
Standards Act," violation, led me to believe that Minister Lunogo
was not the only person whom Gomez had legal problems with. It appears
Gomez was sued by a Mr. Scott R. Slechta, and possibly three other
people in Broward County, Florida on October 10, 2013. According to
pacer, an online court document site, a "judgment - jury verdict" was
entered on November 18, 2014 between Slechta and Gomez.
Why would Gomez be sued by other(s) for reportedly failing to compensate
"I'm going to blow
his fricking head off!"
One witness, Steve
Folds, submitted a sworn and notarized affidavit, revealing choice
that Gomez had towards Minister Luongo, wherein
Jeff Gomez told him, "...that mother F@#!ing Jesus freak.
I'm ready to go to jail, I'm going to blow his (Minister) fricking
off! He is gonna need God when I'm finished with him!"
Does that sound
like it could come from a ‘nice guy’ like
the one Gomez claims to be?
disparaging Minister Luongo were recently plastered all over
vehicles at a local gardening event
in Vero Beach claiming the Minister is a "schizophrenic" and
a, "violent con-artist." While
looking into these allegeations, I found that Betty (aka Suzie) Gomez,
Jeff Gomez' wife, attended
the local gardening event on the same date
the fliers were allegedly posted. Coincidence? There are only
a select few that Minister Luongo believes are responsible for
asks for their forgiveness for what they have done to him, his business
and family, but believes they should be held accountable saying, "I
pray that justice is served."
I commend him for his patience and understanding of others, especially
considering all that he has endured.
Will Minister Luongo's conviction be overturned so that he can move
on with life? Please visit www.usobserver.com for updates.
Note: Our intent is to promote good law enforcement, and publicly expose
individuals in law enforcement who are not honest, to include those
who violate their oath, department policy and the rights of the citizens
they are paid to serve and protect. There will be a full investigation
into Indian River County Sheriff's Department for certain deputies actions
in Minister Luongo's case. Corruption
in the IRC Sheriffs Department is not new. Confirmed allegations
of IRC Sheriff's Department altering reports have made headlines before.
Now, breaking news involving the death of an inmate being transported
is surfacing, wherein other media asks why the video, "freezes"
implying that video may have been altered by IRC Sheriff's, or, proper
procedure for transportation was abused, resulting in death. Considering
Ministher Lunogo's case, and others involving the IRC Sheriff's Department,
this breaking news involving the death
of Mitchell Martinez leaves less hope for transparency from the
IRC Sheriff's Department.
even further concers, another death of a man has recently been reported.
Again, involving IRC
Sheriff's Department. When does coincidence become criminal?
if you have any information, do not hesitate to call. Together,
as a community, and a nation, you can help promote good law enforcement
by putting an end to the corruption in law enforcement that has
many honest men and women in uniform who proudly serve
and protect. Anyone
who has any information, or anyone involved in this case is urged
the US~Observer via email,
or, at 541-474-7885. We thank those who have already contacted
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