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Police: Cake kicker slapped ice cream shop manager

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

A woman convicted of disorderly conduct after she drop-kicked a cake at a Kroger in June was arraigned Thursday for an incident at a Royal Oak ice cream parlor last year, officials said.

Tricia Ann Kortes, 46, appeared before 44th District Court Judge Derek Meinecke on a charge of assault and battery.

According to Royal Oak police, on July 9, 2015, Kortes allegedly assaulted a manager at Ray’s Ice Cream Shop at 4233 Coolidge.

“The manager reported the female customer was upset because they were out of the ice cream she wanted,” police wrote in a statement Thursday. “While the manager was at the counter talking to the customer, the customer reached over the counter and slapped her in the head.”

The woman left the ice cream shop before she could be identified, police said. It is unknown what flavor ice cream she requested.

In June, the manager read a newspaper article about an incident at a Kroger in Bloomfield Township where Kortes was accused of drop-kicking a special order cake she didn’t like, police said.

“The manager saw a photo attached to the article of Tricia Kortes,” police wrote. “She immediately recognized her as the woman who assaulted her and contacted the Criminal Investigation Division.”

A warrant was issued for Kortes and she turned herself to the Police Department on Thursday morning, officials said.

If convicted of the misdemeanor offense, Kortes faces a penalty of 93 days in jail and up to a $500 fine.

Bond was set at $1,000. She returns to court for a pretrial at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 12.

According to court records, Kortes’ other run-ins with the law include pleading no contest to disorderly person after being charged with assault and battery in 2015 from an incident in Troy and a conviction of fourth-degree assault in 2003 in King County, Washington, under the name Tricia Schull. Her conviction in the latter case was vacated in December 2015, according to the court.

cwilliams@detroitnews.com

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