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Police used what they termed “less-then-lethal” force in subduing a woman they described as suicidal.

On Wednesday evening (June 13, 2018) just after 7PM, APD Officers were dispatched to a home in the 1100 block of 34th Street after someone called 911 to report a suicidal subject who had a firearm and had fired rounds inside the residence. All available APD Officers responded and with the help of two Swinomish Tribal Police Department Officers and one Skagit County Sheriff’s Deputy, law enforcement closed off the block and informed neighbors in the immediate area to shelter in place for their safety. The suicidal subject eventually came out of the residence with a weapon and fired one round into the ground directly in front of her. The subject refused all verbal commands and continued to advance on officers. Officers confronted the subject with less-than-lethal force and she was subdued and taken into custody, then transported to Island Hospital for a mental health evaluation. No one was injured.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Just after midnight on Saturday, an APD Officer on patrol observed a local 31-year-old woman known to police walking in the area of 12th Street and A Avenue. The officer made contact with the woman because she had an arrest warrant out of the Department of Corrections. She was taken into custody on her warrant and taken to the police station. A search of items within her backpack at the time of arrest yielded a small baggie containing methamphetamine. She was booked in the county jail on an investigative hold for Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act.

A 31-year-old Anacortes man was arrested and booked in jail on three warrants early Saturday afternoon. Anacortes Police Officers encountered him because of a 911 call from a local business who stated that the man and two others were lingering in their parking lot and making customers feel uncomfortable. A routine check of the three individuals revealed that one of them had two warrants out of Skagit County District Court and one out of the Anacortes Municipal Court.   

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

A business on the 900 block of 5th Street contacted police on Tuesday to report black letters spray painted on the business. The message behind the letters is unknown and there are no suspects.

A 47-year-old Olympia man was arrested for driving under the influence on Tuesday evening about 7:30. APD Officers contacted the man after they were dispatched to the intersection of R Avenue and SR 20 per the report of a non-injury car accident involving a late model sedan and SUV. The initial officer on scene spoke with the SUV driver who stated that the sedan driver was not currently on scene. Officers made contact with the sedan driver who was walking nearby on 34th Street and he readily identified himself as the sedan driver. The man said he walked away to relieve himself. The man’s face was pale and he smelled of alcohol. He admitted to drinking several beers that day and offered to submit a voluntary breath test. The breath test resulted in a reading of approximately three times the legal limit to safety operate a motor vehicle. The man was taken into custody for DUI and transported to APD for processing. He was later released to a sober family member and given a copy of his citation.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Just before 2AM on Wednesday, an APD Corporal was dispatched to the 2900 block of W Avenue per the report of suspicious activity by a large SUV parked in the area. The Corporal spoke with a man and woman, both asleep within the vehicle, and identified them. The man, a 35-year-old from Mount Vernon, had a warrant for driving with license suspended and he was taken into custody, transported to APD, then booked and released on his warrant.

Just before 9AM on Wednesday, an APD Officer investigated a malicious mischief complaint on the 800 block of 30th Street. The victim told the officer that someone had placed dog feces on the top of her car. She had washed it off and there was no damage to the vehicle, however, she wanted to report it since it has been an ongoing problem with someone placing things atop her vehicle.

A 37-year-old Anacortes woman was given a traffic infraction for following too close on Wednesday afternoon. The suspect driver was northbound on Commercial Avenue approaching the 17th Street intersection when her late model Ford sedan struck the rear of a Porsche that lurched into the rear of the car in front of it. The Ford driver told police that her foot fell asleep and she could not tell which pedal her foot was on. There were no injuries.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

An APD Corporal took a theft report on Thursday afternoon from a resident on the 3600 block of West 6th Street. In speaking with the residents, it was determined that a red mountain bike was stolen from the back yard of the home approximately 10 days prior. There are no suspects.

An APD Officer on patrol on 38th Street early Thursday morning contacted a man shuffling items around in a vehicle to determine if he was a prowler. The man provided his state ID card and was not doing anything illegal.  Another officer on scene discovered a baggie with approximately two grams of heroin. The drugs were taken to the police department for destruction.

An APD Officer’s police car was vandalized in the early morning hours on Thursday. A large amount of fireworks was lit on the top of a marked Anacortes Police vehicle which caused possible damage to the paint. 

A business on the 12000 block of Reservation Road contacted police on Thursday morning to report that a $700 catalytic converter had been stolen from a motorhome belonging to the company. The theft was thought to have occurred sometime between June 9 and 10. There are no suspects.

Friday, June 15, 2018

An APD Officer discovered an unoccupied SUV in the area of N Avenue Park just after 11PM on Friday. The officer walked to the nearby beach to speak with two people possibly associated with the vehicle to let them know about that the park closed an hour prior and they would have to leave. One of the individuals, a 43-year-old Oak Harbor man, had a warrant for his arrest for driving with license suspended. He was taken into custody and searched incident to arrest. A small baggie and two plastic wrappers were discovered in the search and they appeared to have methamphetamine residue on them. The man was booked and released on his warrant and faces a possible possession of drug paraphernalia charge.

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.

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