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Michael Piccini

KANKAKEE — Kankakee police arrested Michael J. Piccini and the Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office charged him with felon in possession of a firearm, aggravated battery to a police officer, bringing contraband into a penal institution and possession of a controlled substance.

According to police, officers were dispatched at approximately 10:56 p.m. Nov. 15 to Walgreens, 1054 N. Kennedy Drive, in reference to a person in the store who was wanted on a Kankakee County arrest warrant.

Officers had store personnel lock the front door as they searched for and found the individual.

In the search, officers located Piccini, 36, Kankakee, in the back of the store.

According to an assistant state’s attorney, a woman who had been in the store at the same time was the person police were originally looking for.

Piccini was apprehended as he ran toward the front of the store, according to police. Police say Piccini kicked an officer and a taser was deployed to subdue him.

Officers say they found two unloaded weapons on Piccini as well as unpaid items from the store in a bag.

While being booked into Jerome Combs Detention Center, correction officers found two small baggies containing suspected cocaine in Piccini’s mouth, according to police reports.

Piccini was wanted on a warrant for failing to appear in court on Oct. 22 for two other cases.

On Wednesday, Piccini refused to attend his closed-circuit bond hearing, according to corrections personnel.

Kankakee County Circuit Judge Kathy Bradshaw-Elliott set Piccini’s bond at $150,000.

Jeff Bonty is a reporter for The Daily Journal. He can be reached at jbonty@daily-journal.com and 815-937-3366.


Jeff Bonty has worked for The Daily Journal since September 1986, starting in the sports department before moving to news reporting in 2002. He's a native of Indiana and graduate of Purdue University. His email is jbonty@daily-journal.com.