Kroger cake-kicking suspect also accused in ice cream store assault

Posted at 5:23 PM, Aug 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-17 06:18:18-04

The woman who is accused of drop-kicking a birthday cake at a local Kroger allegedly assaulted an ice cream store worker last summer.

Tricia Kortes has been charged with one count of assault and battery for an incident that took place at Ray's Ice Cream in Royal Oak on July 9, 2015.

According to a store manager, Kortes wanted Mackinac Island Fudge but Ray's was out of that flavor. She was not happy and became belligerent. Some of the store's customers suggested she should leave.

That's when Kortes allegedly leaned over the counter and hit the manager, Linda Wallner, in the head. "I think she was wearing a ring  because she scratched my head," said Wallner.

Kortes is also facing disorderly conduct charges for allegedly drop-kicking a "Superman v. Batman" cake at a Kroger in West Bloomfield.

We're told she was 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 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.

7 Action News 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, 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."