Police Beat

A 43 year-old Anacortes man Friday, Dec. 5, led Anacortes Police and backup officers from surrounding agencies, including a K-9 unit, on a short manhunt on the Tommy Thompson Trail in Anacortes. The chase began following a 911 hang-up from a home on 35th Street. Police responded to the residence and spoke with the suspect’s significant other who stated that she had a Protection Order against the man and a heated verbal argument between the two led her to call 911. The suspect then knocked her glasses off when trying to make her hang up the phone and fled the scene in a green Audi sedan. Officers found the unoccupied sedan at a campground near Tommy Thompson trail and initiated a search for the suspect. A few minutes later the suspect was taken into custody at Taser point and transported to the Skagit County Jail where he was booked on an Investigative Hold for Residential Burglary Domestic Violence and Violation of a No Contact Order.

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

Friday, Dec. 5

4:05 pm.  Anacortes Police contacted the driver of a blue Ford Taurus per the report of a female suspected of driving under the influence on R Avenue. The officer spoke with the 46 year-old Mount Vernon driver who demonstrated symptoms of intoxication and smelled of alcohol. A personal breath test yielded a reading of .091. Based on his observations and PBT results, the Officer took the woman into custody and booked her into the Skagit County Jail on Investigative Hold for felony DUI based on previous history of multiple DUI charges. 

Saturday, Dec. 6

1:07 am.  A 24 year-old Anacortes man contacted Police to report that his wife was preventing him from leaving their residence after they had engaged in a verbal argument. Officers arrived on scene and determined that the male subject had caused approximately $150 to the home, injuring himself in the process. Further investigation also revealed that the subject’s wife had been pushed when trying to prevent her husband from leaving the home. The man was taken into custody on charges of Assault 4th Degree Domestic Violence and booked into the Skagit County Jail.

Sunday, Dec. 7

4:40 am.  A 32 year-old man and 38 year-old woman were booked into the Skagit County Jail pending charges of Criminal Mistreatment Second Degree and Possession of Heroin. Anacortes Police Officers responded to an early morning call in the 800 block of 23rd street where they discovered the couple’s one year-old infant living in dangerous and filthy conditions inside of an unheated garage. The baby was taken to the hospital and then released to Child Protective Services.  Officer’s reports indicated that all four adults they contacted at the scene appeared to be under the influence of heroin.  

10:35 pm.  Anacortes Police responded to an apartment on H Avenue following the report of a young adult woman who stated that her father had angrily pushed her to the ground. Officers interviewed the suspect and his daughter on scene and determined that the man, who had been drinking that evening, had gotten angry at his daughter for using some of his personal items without permission and had physically pushed her as a result. The male suspect was taken into custody on charges of Assault 4th Degree Domestic Violence and booked into the Skagit County Jail.

Monday, Dec. 8

10:59 am.  An Anacortes man came to the Police Department to report the theft of two ‘No School Bond’ campaign signs he had posted, with permission, on the corner of 12th Street and Commercial Ave. The victim’s signs had been taken in the past on multiple occasions. There are no suspects.

7:37 pm.  Anacortes Police responded to the report of an accident on 2nd Street and V Avenue. According to a witness, a white Dodge Caravan had gone off the roadway after it was observed backing up at a high rate of speed with the tires spinning. The driver was trying to get un-stuck and leave the scene. Police arrived and determined that the 35 year-old Prairie, Washington driver was operating his vehicle with a suspended license and without an interlock device installed as required by law. Investigation at the scene also revealed that he had a Misdemeanor DUI Warrant out of Skagit County District Court. The subject was taken into custody and charged with Third Degree Driving With a Suspended License and Driving Without an Ignition Interlock Device. He also received an infraction for improper backing and driving without insurance. He was released at the scene.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

9:14 pm.  A 35 year-old Anacortes woman was contacted by Police while driving her green Ford Mustang northbound on O Avenue in Anacortes. The woman was contacted by an Officer who recognized her as a driver with a suspended license and that she had not transferred her vehicle registration since purchasing it six months prior. When contacted, the woman admitted to knowing about her suspended license and mentioned that she had only been driving a short distance. Further investigation revealed that she had been arrested as recently as September 2014 for DWLS 3rd. The subject was arrested for Third Degree Driving With a Suspended License and Failure to Transfer a Vehicle Registration Within 45 Days of Purchase. She was also issued a traffic citation for Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Required Insurance. The woman was released at the scene and departed on foot.

Thursday, Dec. 11

1:17 am.  An intoxicated Lopez Island man was taken into custody by Anacortes Police following the report of a woman being physically assaulted at a restaurant on the 400 block of Commercial Ave. Further investigation by Police at the scene revealed that a female patron was grabbed around the neck by a male unknown to her. The suspect voiced a threatening remark, released the victim, and walked out of the restaurant on foot. Police contacted the suspect a few minutes later and confirmed his identity before taking him into custody and transporting him to the Skagit County Jail on charges of 4th Degree Assault.

Friday, Dec. 12

2:21 am.  A 70 year-old Entiat, Wash. man was taken into custody by Anacortes Police Officers for two FTC Theft 3 warrants out of Chelan County. Subject was taken into custody without incident, transported to the APD, and released to a Swinomish Tribal Police Corporal for transport to Chelan County. 

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