Man charged with trying to grab cop's gun in suburbs

ROUND LAKE BEACH (Sun-Times Media Wire) - A man has been charged with trying to take a Round Lake Beach police officer’s gun Sunday night in the north suburb.

The officer was called shortly before 8 p.m. to perform a well-being check after someone spotted a truck parked in the middle of the road in the 900 block of Kenilworth Drive in Round Lake Beach, according to a statement from Round Lake Beach police.

The responding officer found the truck parked in the driveway of a home and saw 30-year-old Marcos G. Ortega-Vincente, who lives in Round Lake Beach, slumped over in the driver’s seat, according to police. The truck wasn’t running and the officer was “concerned for the safety” of the man because of the cold temperatures.

The officer woke Ortega-Vincente up and helped him to the door of the home, police said. Ortega-Vincente, who “appeared to be intoxicated,” walked away and into the road when he was unable to get the locked door open.

When the officer tried to get Ortega-Vincente out of the road, he tackled the officer to the ground and grabbed at his gun, police said. The officer retained his weapon and Ortega-Vincente was taken into custody.

He was charged with attempting to disarm a police officer, aggravated battery to a police officer and aggravated resisting arrest, police said.

Ortega-Vincente is being held at the Lake County Jail on $50,000 bail, according to the Lake County sheriff’s office. His next court date was set for Feb. 21.