Police Beat

One motorist waved a handgun at another motorist near the Sharpes Corner highway construction and wound up being cited for displaying a dangerous weapon and other charges.

Just before 3:30 on Monday afternoon, an APD Officer was on patrol on State Route 20 near Sharpes Corner when a motorist near South Fidalgo Bay Road flagged him down. The man directed the officer to a pickup in the eastbound lanes stating that the driver had a firearm and had pointed it at him. Officers contacted the driver of the pickup at the south corner of South Fidalgo Bay Road. The driver was detained and placed in handcuffs without incident. When interviewed, the man admitted that he displayed a pistol after verbally engaging a man in a sedan that attempted to pass him on the shoulder of the highway. He further stated that he displayed his pistol so the man would not “mess” with him. The man was cited for displaying a dangerous weapon and carrying a loaded pistol in a vehicle without a permit as well as driving while license suspended. He was later released after agreeing to appear in court.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Monday, May 21, 2018

An “H” Avenue resident called police to report that a 28-foot extension ladder was stolen from the side of his house sometime in the previous two weeks. The victim had no idea who was responsible for the theft.

An APD Patrol Officer was on patrol near M Avenue and 14th Street observed four large-breed dogs running at large in the area and, with the help of the Animal Control Officer, was able to get them back to their home. It was determined that the dogs had broken through the fence. The dog owner was given two weeks to obtain licenses for two dogs that were unlicensed.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Two five-gallon gas cans were reported stolen from a boat moored in a space off Seafarers Way sometime overnight. Investigation continues.

A late model Kia sedan struck the rear of a Ford pickup near the Sharpes Corner intersection on Tuesday afternoon. The two vehicles pulled to the side of the road and the driver and passenger of the car switched places, then drove away. An APD Officer contacted the victim vehicle driver and a Swinomish Tribal Police Officer contacted the suspect driver who admitted that she was driving at the time of the collision and did not have a valid license. The 34-year-old Allen, Wash. woman was cited for driving with license suspended and hit and run.

A 29-year-old Anacortes man was given a traffic infraction for unsafe backing on Tuesday after he backed his Jeep into a Ford truck on Commercial Avenue, causing reportable damage to both vehicles. There were no injuries.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Late Wednesday night, APD Officers went to a local hotel per the report from an employee that her ex-boyfriend was harassing her. Investigation on scene revealed that the woman’s ex-boyfriend, a 22-year-old Anacortes man, made up to 34 calls to her in the two-hour period prior to the 911 call and had made threats to her in person. Just before 1AM, the woman called police again because the man was circling her place of work and an officer made contact with him in the 500 block of Commercial. The man was then taken into custody and booked in the county jail on an investigative hold for felony harassment.

At 11:20 on Tuesday night, an APD Corporal on patrol observed an older model SUV driving on the 2200 block of Commercial Avenue with a burnt-out tail light. The Corporal contacted the driver, a 27-year-old Mount Vernon man, whose license was determined to be suspended as of August 2016 for unpaid tickets. He was arrested, cited, and released for driving with license suspended.

An Anacortes senior citizen contacted police on Tuesday to report a possible computer scam. The man paid over $800 to a company to have viruses removed from his computer without fully understanding the implications of the agreement he made with the company, such as full access to his computer. The investigating officer contacted the company and they agreed to a partial refund. The officer advised the reporting party to monitor his credit report for any suspicious activity.

A local woman contacted police on Tuesday afternoon to report that someone loosened the lug nuts on her car. The woman drove the vehicle for a while, then noticed that something was wrong with the rim and took it to a local tire shop who determined that irreparable damage was done to the rim.

APD Officers responded to a fight reported near the Sharpes Corner construction site. With the help of Swinomish PD, officers contacted the men involved who did not wish to pursue charges against one another.

A woman called police Wednesday afternoon to report that her Toy Poodle was missing. Early Thursday morning, a resident called police reporting that they had found the dog and an APD Corporal returned it to its owner.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Just before 8AM on Thursday, APD Officers responded to a threatening complaint at an apartment complex on 27th Court in Anacortes. The apartment manager showed responding officers several inciting notes that were posted on the stairway leading up to a tenant’s apartment. In speaking with the person who wrote the notes, she admitted to being frustrated with one of the tenant’s children, but did not intend to harm anyone. She was counseled on her behavior and use of inflammatory words.

A local 54-year-old man was arrested on an investigative hold for burglary and theft on Thursday evening after police were made aware of a chainsaw that was stolen from the outside storage area of a local thrift shop. The man admitted to his involvement and was booked in the Skagit County Community Justice Center on an investigative hold for this case as well as a misdemeanor warrant for possession of stolen property.   

Note: Anacortes Police Department policy is to not include names or addresses of businesses or individuals that call 911 for police assistance, though this information is a matter of public record.