Police Beat

An Anacortes Police Officer Friday afternoon, Jan. 9, contacted the driver of a vehicle on 32nd Street and M Avenue per a report of 12-15 vehicles backed up behind the vehicle at the intersection. The Officer determined that the driver was not impaired but stated that he just liked to drive slow. The 69 year-old Anacortes man was cited for impeding traffic. 

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

Friday, Jan. 9

10:52 pm.  Anacortes Police responded to a report of a juvenile male vomiting at a location on O Avenue. The responding Officer contacted a 15 year-old male outside at his residence on 14th Street. The subject appeared to be very intoxicated and smelled of alcohol and vomit. A group of four juveniles was attempting to get him inside. The Officer assisted in getting the subject into the home as he was having a hard time walking on his own. The subject is facing charges of Minor in Possession.

Saturday, Jan. 10

9:37 am.  An Anacortes Officer on patrol witnessed a tan Ford pickup run the stop sign at the intersection of M Avenue and 22nd Street in Anacortes. The driver was contacted and told the Officer that he had gone to get donuts, then had to return because he got the wrong ones, and was in a hurry. The driver also had a suspended license since November 2014. He was taken into custody and charged with Third Degree Driving With a Suspended License. He was released from the scene.

4:34 pm.  A 33 year-old La Conner woman was taken into custody by Police after an Officer on patrol recognized her and confirmed that she had outstanding warrants for her arrest. The woman also had a piece of foil containing a dark, tarry substance which produced presumptive positive results for the presence of heroin. The woman was transported to the Skagit County Jail and booked on a felony burglary warrant out of Chelan County and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Monday, Jan. 12

3:40 pm.  A 48 year-old Anacortes man was taken to the Skagit County Jail on a felony investigative hold on Monday afternoon. The suspect’s girlfriend contacted Police to report that an ongoing dispute between the two of them had turned physical and she was pushed several times. She also reported approximately $2,000 worth of damage done to her personal property and told Police that the suspect hidden her home phone and cellphone in an effort to keep her from calling 911 for help. Police took the intoxicated suspect into custody on a felony investigative hold for Second Degree Malicious Mischief in violation of the Domestic Violence Protection Act. He was also charged with Fourth Degree Assault DVPA and Interfering With the Reporting of Domestic Violence.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

7:25 am.  A 47 year-old Anacortes man was taken into custody by Anacortes Police per the report of a man sitting outside a residence on 23rd Street. Police responded to contact the subject and determined that the man had a felony bench warrant out of Skagit County Superior Court for Failure to Appear. He was transported to the Skagit County Jail and booked on his warrant.

Wednesday, Jan. 14

2:11 am.  An Anacortes Police Sergeant on patrol contacted the driver of a blue Mercury Marquis early Wednesday morning after he observed the woman driving the vehicle holding a cell phone out in front of her and performing what appeared to be text messaging. The 25 year-old Mount Vernon woman admitted to driving the vehicle without a license and was taken into custody and charged with Third Degree Driving With a Suspended License. She was released at the scene. 

6:37 am.  A 53 year-old Marysville man was issued a traffic infraction for Following Too Close after the Ford pickup he was driving rear ended a late model Lexus SUV. The Lexus sustained minor damage. There were no injuries.

12:21 pm.  Staff from the Anacortes Middle School contacted Police on Wednesday to report that a student had punched another student in the face at lunch time. Investigation on scene by an Anacortes Police Officer revealed that the suspect had threatened to punch another student if he did not move from his seat in the lunch room. The victim, who sustained only minor injuries, was punched one time, which was the full extent of the altercation. Along with disciplinary measures taken by the school, a Skagit County Juvenile Referral for Fourth Degree Assault was submitted reference this case.

3:40 pm.  A citizen residing on 23rd Street reported the theft of his green Novara ‘Aspen’ model mountain bike sometime during the previous night. The Anacortes Police are asking for your help in finding this bike. If you have seen a bike matching this description within the last 24 hours, please call 911 and reference case number 15-A00341.

4:04 pm.  An Anacortes woman responded to a fraudulent phone call on Wednesday that resulted in the loss of $2,000. The caller posed as the victim’s granddaughter who was incarcerated and needed money for bail. Another caller also got on the phone posing as a “Seattle Police Officer” who instructed the woman to purchase four “Money Cards” and call him back. The victim purchased four money cards in the amount of $500 each and returned a call to the fraudulent number provided by the callers which was later determined to be a number out of the Montreal, Canada area. The responding Anacortes Police Officer told the woman to contact her bank and inform them of the situation and APD case number for follow up.

Thursday, Jan. 15

10:40 am.  The Anacortes Police impounded a 1994 Honda Accord following a citizen complaint received on January 12th about the vehicle that had been parked on 29th Street in excess of one week. An Officer on patrol tagged the vehicle on January 12th with window and tire markings for 24 hour impound because it had expired tabs as of October 2014. On the 15th, the Anacortes Officer returned to the area and noticed that the vehicle had been moved across the street and a block away, however, the vehicle was still bearing expired tabs and was still parked on a city street. As such, the vehicle was towed away by a local towing company and impounded.

7:11 pm.  A 91 year-old Anacortes woman struck an unoccupied pickup truck while driving southbound on H Avenue. The woman was uninjured, but her vehicle sustained reportable damage to the front end. She was cited for Improper Lane Usage With Accident and a re-exam request for the driver was requested by the responding Anacortes Police Officer.

Friday, Jan. 16

5:40 am.  A 43 year-old Coupeville man was contacted by an Anacortes Police Officer on the 1800 block of Q Avenue in Anacortes for driving 9 miles per hour over the posted speed limit of 25 mph. Investigation on scene determined that the man was driving with a suspended license which had been suspended since December 2013. The subject was taken into custody and charged with Third Degree Driving With a Suspended License. He was released from the scene. 

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