Man charged with assaulting, attempting to disarm police officer

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Charges have been laid against a 39-year-old man accused of assaulting and trying to disarm a police officer during an arrest at a Norfolk County bank.

The OPP were called to the bank on Queensway East in Simcoe around 10:30 a.m. on Monday after a man got into a verbal altercation with employees. When police arrived the man became physical, struggling with officers. At one point during the confrontation, the man allegedly tried to remove an item from one of the officer’s duty belts, police said.

The attempt was unsuccessful and the man was arrested without further incident.

Police have not specified what item the man tried to remove from the officer’s belt.

The same man is also said to have got into a physical confrontation while at the OPP detachment a day later.

A 39-year-old man, of no fixed address, is now charged with two counts of assaulting a peace officer, disarming a peace officer, causing a disturbance, failure to leave premises when directed and failure to comply with a probation order. He will appear in Simcoe court in relation to the charges at a later date.