Bloomfield Hills mom at center of cake-kicking meltdown also faced assault charge in Troy

Posted at 5:54 PM, Jun 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-20 09:20:29-04

Tricia Ann Kortes, 46, is the Bloomfield Hills mom at the center of a cake-kicking meltdown that allegedly took place at the bakery counter inside a Kroger.

Witnesses told Bloomfield Township Police that Kortes was more than a little disgruntled over the decorations on her son's "Batman v. Superman" birthday cake.

Kortes was infuriated and took the cake to the front of the counter to "drop kick" it, according to police who have issued a misdemeanor citation to Kortes for "Tumultuous Conduct."

In a twist of irony, while witnesses and other shoppers think Kortes' reaction was overblown, her attorney says it's the story that's being blown out of proportion.

But this isn't the first time Kortes has reportedly lost her cool.

In 2015, in Troy, she was charged with assault and battery. She later pled to disorderly person and, two weeks ago, she was ordered to pay a $500 fine and attend anger management.

Online records show that Kortes was also charged with an assault in 2003 in King County, Washington. The same records indicate she was placed on probation for a year.

7 Action News reached Kortes on her cell phone Friday. The woman who answered quickly claimed that we had the wrong phone number and hung up. We got a similar response when a man answered her husband's cell phone.

Soon after those calls, 7 Action News got a call from defense attorney Gerald Gleeson. He declined to talk about the Troy case, but when it comes to the alleged cake-kicking meltdown, he issued the following:

"It appears that this matter has been blown out of proportion, and we look forward to resolving the matter at the appropriate time. And in the interim period, we are seeking counseling."

Kortes is expected to appear in court June 29.