Neighbors said Mikes, an avid bicyclist, left for a bike ride Friday. However, police said his helmet and bike shoes have been found at his home, and suspect he wouldn’t leave for a ride without them.
Son charged with credit card fraud
Patrick Mikes Jr., 21, was arraigned Wednesday on three counts of illegally using a financial transaction device. He pleaded not-guilty and his bail was set at $50,000. He is scheduled to be back in court Aug. 13.
Mikes is accused of using a credit card that didn’t belong to him at Great Lakes Crossing on July 26.
Police said the card the 21-year-old used did not belong to his father. It was his younger brother’s card.
Link to video of Police having a meeting in regards to Missing Man→ http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/Uncut-Troy-police-hold-conference-on-missing-man/-/1719418/15836732/-/15rs8eb/-/index.html
UPDATE – Posted 8/2nd/2012 on Freep.com –
It is highly unlikely a missing Troy accountant and father survived what police called a “violent encounter” that took place in the basement of his home, said Troy Police Captain Robert Redmond said, citing the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office, The Troy man’s son has been named a suspect in his disappearance.
Redmond conducted a press conference this afternoon to discuss the disappearance of Patrick Mikes Sr., 55, a TRW accountant. “The case has now shifted from locating Mr. Mikes to locating Mr. Mikes’ body,” Redmond said.
The case has led to the jailing of the Homewood Street resident’s son, Patrick Mikes Jr., 21.
Mikes Jr. remains in the Oakland County Jail today, according to officials there, after failing to post $50,000 bond on a three-count warrant of credit card fraud. He’s charged with stealing his 16-year-old brother’s credit card and using it to attend two movies at the theater at Great Lakes Crossings mall a week ago and charging dinner in between.
He and his 16-year-old brother, who both lived in the house on Homewood, reported their father missing on Sunday, claiming the avid cyclist left on a bike ride on Friday and never returned. They did not explain why they waited nearly three days to report him missing.
When police arrived at the home on Sunday, they found evidence of a “violent altercation” in the basement, Redmond said. Police are waiting to see whether DNA tests show copious amounts of blood found there is from Mikes Sr. Mikes Jr. has a bedroom in the basement; his brother’s room is upstairs, according to investigators.
A lawyer for Mikes Jr. on Thursday said there’s no evidence linking his client to the father’s disappearance. Mikes Jr. was ordered held on the cash bond Thursday by 52-3 District Judge Lisa Asadoorian, who also ordered the University of Notre Dame premed and psychology student to stay in Michigan but away from the home and his brother.
Troy, Michigan – Troy police are asking for the public’s help in finding a missing 55-year-old man. During a press conference Monday, Lt. Robert Redmond said Patrick Joseph Mikes left his home in the 2000 block of Homewood Drive Friday night on a bike ride but never came back.
He was reported missing two days later by his children, who are 21 years old and 16 years old. Redmond said Mikes is an avid bicyclist and was last seen wearing a yellow shirt and black spandex shorts.
Redmond also said investigators found evidence of an assault inside the home and are trying to figure out if it is related to Mikes disappearance.
“The on-scene investigator who went to the house on Sunday located evidence indicating that an assault took place at the residence,” Redmond said. He did not elaborate on what the evidence was but said one person is in custody for questioning. That person has not been charged.
Police want anyone with information on Mikes whereabouts, his biking routes or who he may be acquainted with to come forward. Tips can be left at 248-524-3477.
University of Notre Dame senior Patrick Mikes Jr. is being described as a person of interest in a case involving his missing father. Patrick Mikes Jr., 21, was arraigned today in Oakland County, Mich., on three felony counts of using credit cards belonging to his 16-year-old brother, Andrew. Mikes Jr. is being held on a $50,000 bond and was ordered by a judge to stay in Michigan and away from his Troy home. Mikes Jr. is described as a person of interest in a violent altercation that occurred in the family home, according to police. The father, Patrick Mikes Sr., was last seen Friday leaving home on his black Cannondale Super 6 road bike. His sons reported the father missing Sunday morning, when officers noticed evidence of an assault at the house. Defense attorney Christopher Andreoff says there is no evidence that Mikes Jr. has anything to do with his father missing. Patrick Mikes Sr. is a 1979 Notre Dame graduate. A Notre Dame spokeswoman today confirmed that Mikes Jr. is a rising senior at the university. Because of federal student privacy laws, no additional information was provided about his status. Students currently are on summer break.