Police Beat

The 2:00 am call to Police was for possible shots fired near a church on J Ave.

Anacortes Police Officers were dispatched to the 2700 block of J Avenue per the 2 am Thursday report of possible shots fired in the area. One of the responding officers located three individuals running through a church parking lot in the area and the suspects were located soon thereafter at a nearby residence. The three suspects were 19-, 20-, and 21-year-old males. Upon further investigation at the scene, officers were able to determine that all of the suspects had been drinking and the minors were charged with Minor in Possession. It was also determined that the suspects had discharged a "potato" gun and the items used in the discharge--potatoes, pvc pipe, and aerosol cans, were cleaned up from the scene by the suspects at the direction of the officers.

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

Friday, Oct. 10

2:02 pm. A business on the 1500 block of Commercial called police to report a theft that had occurred a few minutes prior. A white male wearing a white shirt and camouflage pants with unkempt hair had set off the alarm as he was exiting the building. When confronted by staff, the man ran towards the door, knocking one of the employees to the ground in the process and dropped the bottle of alcohol he had taken. The suspect left the business on foot traveling north bound on Commercial Avenue. The responding officer was unable to locate the suspect in this incident. There are no suspects.

Tuesday, Oct. 14

3:57 pm. An Anacortes Police Sergeant was traveling on Yorkshire Drive when he was flagged down by a resident looking for scaffolding that had been stolen from his home earlier in the day. The victim had left his home for a short time to help a neighbor and upon his return noticed that the scaffolding was missing from his yard. There are no suspects in this incident.

Wednesday, Oct. 15

11:28 pm. Anacortes Police responded to the 1000 block of 27th Street per the report of a possible domestic. The officers made contact with the reporting party who stated that she and her 32-year-old husband had gotten into a verbal argument and he had pushed her into a wall and threatened to take their infant child and leave her. The officers interviewed the male and female subjects and it was determined that the husband was the primary aggressor. He was taken into custody and transported to the Skagit County Jail on charges of Assault 4th Degree Domestic Violence.

Thursday, Oct. 16

8:14 am. An Anacortes PD Officer was dispatched to a commercial location on the 2300 block of 24th Street to investigate graffiti painted with red and purple spray paint sometime over the course of the previous evening. Anacortes PD is interested in speaking with the self-proclaimed "young thug" responsible for this incident.

8:33 am. Anacortes Police are looking for three suspects in a burglary to a gas station on Commercial Avenue that occurred at approximately 1:40 AM on Tuesday. One male, one female, and one unknown subject were viewed via video surveillance accessing the building. Items taken include electronics and several frozen food items. A black or dark blue late model sedan was also seen in the video around the time of the incident. If you have any information about this crime, please call the Anacortes Police tip line at 299-1985.

12:56 pm. An Anacortes Police Officer issued criminal citations for Maintaining a Public Nuisance to two male transients from Anacortes who set up camp for approximately one month in an unauthorized location within city limits. The two subjects will also be held responsible for over $400 in restitution to the City of Anacortes for labor and disposal fees incurred in the cleanup of the campsite.

11:40 pm. A 30-year-old Anacortes man was injured when he was thrown from his 2005 F350 Pickup truck on SR 20 late on Thursday evening. An Anacortes Police Sergeant was the first on the scene and contacted the driver who had walked approximately ¼ mile to the west of the accident after it had occurred. The sergeant asked if he could call an ambulance for the man and he repeatedly stated, "No, I'm okay and it's an accident." The sergeant observed that he had watery eyes and his pupils were extremely restricted. Based on his observations of behavior and physical symptoms displayed by the subject, the sergeant took the man into custody on investigation of DUI. A short time later paramedics arrived and transported the subject to the hospital for further medical evaluation. Upon arrival at the hospital, the sergeant was given a baggie that had been found on the subject during the process of prepping him for evaluation. The baggie appeared to contain methamphetamine drugs that were later logged into evidence at the APD. The subject is facing two charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance and DUI.

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.

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