Missing Cyclist's Son Charged with Credit Card Fraud, Named Suspect in Disappearance
Patrick Joseph Mikes Jr., the 21-year-old son of missing Troy cyclist Patrick Joseph Mikes, was charged Wednesday morning with fraudulently using his 16-year-old brother's bank card last Thursday.
Patrick Joseph Mikes Jr., the 21-year-old son of missing 55-year-old Troy cyclist Patrick Joseph Mikes, was arraigned on three felony charges of "financial transaction device - possessing and/or using without consent" in front of Judge Lisa Asadoorian at 52-3 District Court in Rochester Hills Wednesday morning.
According to Auburn Hills Police Detective Brian Martin, Mikes was captured on video surveillance using his 16-year-old brother's American Express Gold card fraudulently to make three purchases at the Star Theatre and Johnny Rocket's in Auburn Hills last Thursday.
Mikes' bond was set at $50,000 cash, no 10 percent, and he was remanded to the custody of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office. Asadoorian ordered Mikes, who has no criminal history, not to leave the state of Michigan if released from jail, and also ordered Mikes to have no contact with his brother.
"The defendant is a suspect in an ongoing investigation involving the disappearance of his father, Patrick Mikes," Martin said during Mikes' arraignment. "Evidence at the scene would indicate a violent encounter did occur. ... There are also concern about the safety of other family members, specifically the defendant's younger brother."
Following the hearing, Mikes was officially named a suspect in his father’s disappearance by Troy Police.
"Patrick Mikes Jr. is a suspect in this case," Troy Police Capt. Robert Redmond said outside the courtroom Wednesday morning. "We are not solely looking at him ... but right now, he is obviously the main suspect." Watch the full interview with Troy Police.
Patrick Joseph Mikes Sr., an avid cyclist, was reported missing Sunday morning by his two sons, who told police they last saw their father Friday afternoon as he left for a bike ride. He is described as 6 feet tall, 170 pounds with short gray hair and was last seen wearing a yellow shirt and black spandex shorts. His bicycle is a black and red Cannondale SuperSix road bicycle.
Mikes Jr.'s grandparents, 16-year-old brother, 23-year-old sister and two uncles attended his arraignment but did not comment to members of the media; Mikes' mother died of a brain tumor more than a decade ago.
Mikes attended University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy and had planned to return to Notre Dame University in Indiana later this month to finish his senior year as a psychology and pre-med double major, according to his lawyer, Christopher Andreoff, whose request to allow Mikes to be allowed to leave the state to attend school was rejected by Asadoorian Wednesday morning. If released on bond, Mikes has been ordered to either attend school in Michigan or find employment.
Additional charges against Patrick Joseph Mikes Jr. have not yet been filed as police continue to investigate the disappearance of Patrick Joseph Mikes Sr. Mikes' next court appearance is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 6 before Judge Nancy Carniak at 52-3 District Court in Rochester Hills.
Anyone with any information about the case is asked to contact the Troy Police Department at 248-524-3477.