Newark man attempted to take deputy’s firearm during physical altercation

A 27-year-old Newark resident was arrested on felony weapons charges following an incident at F.F. Thompson Hospital.

Deputies say that while being transported to the hospital – Roy Vandermortel, 27, of Newark engaged in a physical altercation with the officer transporting him.

During that struggle – Vandermortel is accused of attempting to take the deputy’s firearm.

He was charged with attempted criminal possession of a weapon – a Class D felony.

He will answer the charges at a later date.