Police Beat

When Police responded to a report of a man walking down the center of Commercial Ave. and jumping in front of cars, the man told Police he wanted to be arrested to get a free meal.

Officers responded Thursday night to the 600 block of Commercial Avenue to contact a 26 year-old California man who was reportedly intoxicated and walking in the middle of the street. The man told the officer that he wanted to get arrested so he could go to jail and get free food since he had not eaten for several days aboard the fishing boat he was on. He was advised that his behavior was inappropriate and dangerous and continued to be monitored by the officer after he cleared the scene. The officer was dispatched to another call and returned approximately an hour later to speak with a witness who observed the man jumping in front of cars causing them to brake suddenly. At that time the man was taken into custody and charged with Disorderly Conduct. He was transported to the boat he worked on and released to the crew.

Here are some of the other cases Anacortes Police worked on this week.

Friday, August 22

4:42 pm. An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol on westbound SR 20 witnessed a vehicle cut into the turn lane at Sharps Corner without using their turn signal or yielding to traffic and causing the vehicle behind her to stop abruptly. The officer activated his emergency lights and initiated a traffic stop. The driver, a 27-year-old Oak Harbor woman, stated that she was unable to get into the turn lane since Christensen Road. Per the officer’s request she was able to provide an ID card and vehicle registration but was not able to provide proof of valid insurance. She was subsequently cited for Driving With License Suspended 3rd Degree and Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Proof of Insurance.

Saturday, August 23

2:40 am. An officer on patrol in Anacortes witnessed a fence on fire at a residence on the 1100 block of 19th Street. The officer called for fire department response and deployed his fire extinguisher on the flames. The officer then contacted the occupants of the home to advise them of the event and recommended that they exit the residence since the fire was in close proximity to the home. The fire department arrived and extinguished the fire. No one was hurt in this incident.

11:39 am. An Anacortes business on the 2700 block of Commercial Avenue sustained approximately $100 damage when a storage shed on their property was struck by a vehicle earlier in the week. Officers contacted the 19 year-old Burlington woman who had backed in the structure earlier in the week but thought she had only damaged her vehicle. She was advised by the officer to reconcile the situation with the business owner and make sure the structure was repaired to avoid receiving a citation.

11:59 am. Approximately $275 worth of gas and gas cans were taken from a commercial location on Skyline Way sometime during the evening of August 22nd. The suspect had gained access to the cans by opening the tarp that was covering the boat and cutting the locks to the gas cans. There are no suspects at this time. If you have information about this crime, please contact the non-emergency line at (360) 428-3211.

12:04 pm. Officers were dispatched to the 1200 block of 4th Street in response to a domestic violence report. The victim, a 31-year-old Anacortes man, reported that his 46-year-old girlfriend had struck him with a plastic crate after he woke up and was instructed to get dressed and get out of the house. The suspect was contacted and questioned by an officer who took her into custody and transported her to the Skagit County Jail with charges of Assault 4 Domestic Violence.

1:12 pm. A male subject painted the letters ‘AK’ on the side of a business on the 1400 block of Commercial Avenue. Officers responded and were unable to locate the subject or paint cans used to perpetrate the crime.

4:18 pm. An officer responded to a marina on Q Avenue where two fishing boat crew members got into a physical altercation onboard their vessel. A 53-year-old man from Union, Washington initiated the assault and was asked to leave the vessel for good. None of the involved parties wanted to press charges.
An Anacortes man was southbound on the 1800 block of Commercial Avenue when he and his two passengers heard a loud boom on the passenger side of the vehicle. The driver stopped and inspected the vehicle to discover that a baseball sized rock had struck the door and broke off the door handle. The vehicle sustained approximately $500 worth of damage. There are no suspects at this time.

Monday, August 25

7:05 pm. Police responded to an address on 22nd Street to interview an Oak Harbor woman who stated that she had been slapped by her girlfriend. The two women began fighting earlier in the evening over a text message sent to the Oak Harbor woman. Further investigation revealed that the woman had been slapped with an open hand and her friend was arrested, charged with one count Assault 4 in violation of the Domestic Violence Protection Act, and transported to the Skagit County Jail.

11:32 pm. Two female juveniles from Anacortes and Mount Vernon respectively were contacted in front of a residence on the 500 block of O Avenue by Anacortes Police Officers. The two subjects matched the description given by a reporting party who witnessed two young females attempt to break into a trailer on 9th Street. Further investigation on the scene revealed that both of the juveniles had been drinking, and one was a runaway who had over $100 of alcohol in her possession. Both subjects were charged with a Minor in Possession and released to their parents.

Tuesday, August 25

1:25 pm. A tan and black Akita dog was seen off leash on D Avenue in Anacortes. The Anacortes Animal Control Officer responded and, with help from the neighbor, was able to call the dog by name and safely return him to his tie out and replenish his water dish.
Wednesday, August 27

7:59 pm. A 31-year-old Anacortes woman was charged with Assault in the Fourth Degree following the interview of her victim, a 23-year-old Anacortes woman who was in custody at the time of her interview for an unrelated incident. The victim stated that she was hit in the back of the head multiple times as well as her shoulder from a blocked punch. The officer observed noticeable injuries consistent with the victim’s statements which provided probably cause for her citation.

Thursday, August 28

8:50 pm. An officer was dispatched to the 2200 block of 37th Street to speak with an Anacortes juvenile who had observed an elderly male traveling north on Havekost Road. It was apparent to the juvenile that the elderly man suffered from memory problems and initially could not provide his name or address. In time, the man provided his name and the responding officer determined that the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office had a missing person complaint for the subject. The man was released to his wife a short time later.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,942 Confirmed Skagit Cases
400-409 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

318 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
44,613 Fully Vaccinated
57,198 Initial Doses Given


379,100 Confirmed Cases Statewide
22,614 Hospitalizations

5,539 Deaths Statewide
2,419,434 Fully Vaccinated
3,368,279 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, May 5, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times