Police Beat

An 88 year-old Anacortes man was cited for hit-and-run following an accident in which a bicyclist was hit on D Ave.  

An Anacortes Police Officer driving in the 2100 block of D Avenue at around 6am Wednesday morning witnessed a truck stopped in the middle of the roadway with its emergency lights flashing. The Officer made contact with several individuals including a disoriented, bleeding bicyclist who had been struck by a vehicle moments earlier. The victim was transported to Island Hospital by the Anacortes Fire Department for his injuries. After clearing the scene, the Officer contacted an 88 year-old Anacortes man who had arrived at the Anacortes Police Department with damage to his vehicle that was consistent with a bicycle verses car collision. When asked why he left the scene, the driver stated that had left the scene because he was startled and in shock. The driver was cited for Hit and Run.

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

Friday, Feb. 13

11:27 pm.  An Anacortes Police Sergeant providing backup for another Officer on a traffic stop in the 1100 block of F Avenue in Anacortes, heard a loud high-pitched vehicle traveling east on 12th Street. When the vehicle came within sight, the Sergeant noticed that the vehicle, a small moped, did not have any operating lights and quickly turned around and headed west on 12th Street. After a short time, the Sergeant initiated a traffic stop on the 2100 block of 13th Street. The driver, a 27 year-old Anacortes woman, told Police that she did not have a driver’s license because it was suspended. Further investigation revealed that the subject’s license had been suspended since May 2008 for unpaid tickets. She was taken into custody and issued a citation for Third Degree Driving With a Suspended License and provided with a courtesy transport to her residence.

Saturday, Feb. 14

2:26 am.  An 18 year-old man and two juveniles were contacted by an Anacortes Police Sergeant in Heart Lake Park early Saturday morning outside the posted park hours of 6AM-10PM. The vehicle they were in smelled strongly of marijuana and when asked if anyone in the vehicle was 21, the subjects readily admitted that they were not. Two marijuana pipes and a few grams of marijuana were located in the vehicle. Two of the subjects were issued a citation for unlawful possession of marijuana and all three were transported to their homes.

7:26 am.  An Anacortes Police Officer was advised of a juvenile male who is familiar to Police in the area of 17th Street and Q Avenue in Anacortes. The Officer initiated contact and confirmed that the subject had a confirmed warrant out of the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office for Failure to Appear/Minor in Public Exhibiting Effects of Liquor. The subject was taken into custody and during a search of his person, the Officer discovered a metal marijuana pipe in his pants pocket and a ½ full bottle of whisky in his backpack. The juvenile was charged with Minor in Possession and transported to the Skagit County Juvenile Detention facility and booked on his warrant.

8:39 pm.  An employee from a store in the 900 block of 11th Street contacted Police to report the theft of a large bottle of alcohol from their store. After some investigation, the responding Anacortes Police Officer was able identify the juvenile female suspect responsible for the theft as well as an 18 year-old male who transported the suspect to and from the store. Both suspects were charged with Third Degree Theft and ordered not to return to the store.

Sunday, Feb. 15

7:48 am.  An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol observed a male sleeping on the steps of a church near the intersection of 7th Street and N Avenue in Anacortes. The Officer determined that the 19 year-old Oak Harbor man had two warrants for Possession of Marijuana. The man was taken into custody and searched. The search yielded a small plastic bottle containing a small amount of marijuana. The subject was transported to the Anacortes Police Department where he was booked and released on his warrants and issued a citation for Possession of Marijuana. He was released from the scene.

10:21 pm.  A 38 year-old Elmo, Utah woman was taken into custody on Sunday night by Anacortes Police Officers. Police received a report that the suspect and another adult woman were having drinks in their hotel room earlier in the evening and got into a verbal confrontation which escalated to a physical argument resulting in the victim being struck in the head by a glass candle holder. The suspect was taken into custody at her hotel room without incident and transported to the Skagit County Jail where she was booked on 4th Degree Domestic Violence charges. The suspect was also found to have an outstanding warrant out of Idaho for Failure to Appear/DUI and was placed on a hold as a fugitive from justice.

Tuesday, Feb. 17

12:32 am.  An Anacortes Officer on patrol observed a Ford Focus sedan traveling eastbound on Oakes Avenue near the intersection of Oakes and Dakota Avenue at a speed of 50 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone. The vehicle turned off of Oakes onto 13th Street and was pulled over by the Officer in the 2300 block of 13th Street. The vehicle, driven by an 18 year-old Anacortes man, smelled of fresh marijuana. When asked about the smell, the driver admitted that he had marijuana in the car and handed two small baggies containing marijuana and a small metal pipe containing burnt marijuana residue. The subject did not appear to be under the influence of the drug and was issued a traffic infraction for speeding as well as a criminal citation for a Minor in Possession of Marijuana.

1:14 pm.  An Anacortes Police Officer initiated contact with a 50 year-old Anacortes man on a bicycle in the 4000 block of O Avenue in Anacortes after he confirmed that the subject had a warrant for Second Degree Vehicle Prowling. The man was taken into custody and he and his backpack were searched. In the backpack the Officer found a small black zippered case containing a metal spoon with burnt residue, two used needles, and several q-tips and pieces of cotton. Items such as these are often used to use heroin. When questioned, the man admitted that he was a heroin user. As a result of these findings, the man was issued a citation for Possession  of Drug Paraphernalia and booked and released at the scene on his warrant.

Thursday, Feb. 19

1:15 am.  A 21 year-old Anacortes man was arrested by Anacortes Police Thursday morning at approximately 1:15 AM in the 2800 block of J Avenue per the report of a male subject removing manhole covers in that area. When interviewed by Police, the suspect, who was very intoxicated, denied any involvement, but physical evidence on his person suggested otherwise. The man was taken into custody and transported to the Skagit County Jail on charges of Disorderly Conduct.

9:18 pm.  A white 1987 Honda Scooter was stolen from a commercial parking lot on South March’s Point Road sometime between approximately 5:45 PM and 8:45 PM Thursday evening. There are no suspects in this case. If you have any information about this incident, please call the Anacortes Police Department tip line at 360-299-1985.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

5,302 Confirmed Skagit Cases
460-469 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

350 Hospitalizations
74 Deaths
61,181 Fully Vaccinated
68,746 Initial Doses Given


410,195 Confirmed Cases Statewide
24,930 Hospitalizations

5,810 Deaths Statewide
3,637,611 Fully Vaccinated
4,122,446 Initial Doses Given

Updated 5:00 pm, June 17, 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