Traverse City Record-Eagle

April 22, 2013

Homeless man injured in arrest


---- — TRAVERSE CITY — A highly intoxicated, homeless Traverse City man received nine stitches on his forehead after a struggle with police when he refused to leave a bathroom at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center.

Anthony Gerard Ciccone, 56, is the brother of famed pop musician Madonna. He is expected to be charged with felony resisting and obstructing a police officer.

Traverse City Police Capt. Brian Heffner said Ciccone resisted a female police officer late Sunday when she attempted to restrain and arrest him on an outstanding trespassing warrant.

"He pulled away, turned around and confronted the female officer in an aggressive manner," he said. "She turned him around and brought him to the ground, which is when he struck his face on the bathroom floor."

Ciccone was transported to Munson Medical Center where he received several stitches. Heffner said the hospital recorded Ciccone's blood-alcohol level at .40, or five times the level for intoxication in Michigan.

The officer originally was dispatched to the civic center at about 11 p.m. on a report Ciccone refused to leave a detached bathroom and challenged a cleaning crew. The officer also was informed about Ciccone's warrant.

Police reports stated the warrant stemmed from a March incident in which Ciccone reclined in front of a fireplace at Horizon Books downtown and refused to leave the store.

Ciccone has several previous trespassing-related charges. Heffner said Ciccone hadn't been aggressive in his previous dealings with police.

Ciccone was arraigned Monday on the trespassing warrant. He was being held without bond in the Grand Traverse County Jail.

Grand Traverse County Prosecuting Attorney Bob Cooney said Monday no documents on potential charges had yet reached his office.