Alleged cake kicker charged in ice cream assault

Posted at 1:32 PM, Aug 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-18 17:30:10-04

A woman accused of drop-kicking a birthday cake is now officially charged in the assault of an ice cream shop worker.

Tricia Kortes was charged with one count of misdemeanor assault and battery.

She faced a judge this morning in Royal Oak. 

The ice cream shop employee says Kortes was mad because they didn't have the flavor she wanted.

Police say surveillance video shows Kortes reaching over the counter to hit the employee.

Kortes is also facing disorderly conduct charges for allegedly drop-kicking a "Superman v. Batman" cake back in June at a Kroger in West Bloomfield, Michigan. She pleaded no-contest in that case.

In 2015, she was also charged with assault and battery in Troy. She later pled to disorderly person and 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.

WXYZ reached Kortes on her cell phone in June. 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, WXYZ 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."