Police Beat

An early morning call to 911 from a local hotel about loud voices and a fight ended with a male booked in Skagit County Jail.

Anacortes Officers Wednesday responded to a hotel on the 3400 block of Commercial Avenue per the report of suspicious activity i.e. loud voices and a physical altercation outside one of the rooms just a few minutes prior to the 911 call. Officers arrived at the motel room at around 6:00 am and first interviewed a male occupant who provided his version of the events that occurred that morning, none of which were supported by physical evidence on his person or in the room. A short time later a female was contacted by Police who stated that she and the male had been dating, but had recently broken up and were arguing over a note the male had found. As the argument escalated, the woman tried to call 911 but the male unplugged the phone and would not allow her to call the Police. She stated that she had been held down on the bed and her face was red where she indicated she had been hit. As a result of their finding, Anacortes Officers took the male subject into custody and transported him to the Skagit County Jail and booked on charges of 4th Degree Domestic Violence.  

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

Friday, Feb. 20

11:41 pm.  Anacortes Police Officers responded to an apartment on 22nd Street per a citizen complaint that the neighbors were playing loud music. Upon arrival, Officers contacted three individuals at the apartment and they complied with the Officers’ request to turn the music down. Officers witnessed a juvenile female stumbling around the outside patio of the apartment and smelled a strong odor of intoxicants coming from her breath when they interviewed her. As such, the juvenile was charged with a minor in possession of alcohol.

Saturday, Feb. 21

8:36 am.  An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol near the intersection of SR 20 and Reservation Road contacted the driver of a silver sedan after he noticed that the vehicle had a report of sale from November 12, 2014 which is past the 45 day limit to transfer the title of a vehicle. The 33 year-old Anacortes man driving the vehicle was asked for his driver’s license, proof of insurance, and registration and he stated that he did not have any of those things. He then verbally offered his name and date of birth and further investigation revealed that he did not have a driver’s license and he had a felony warrant out of Island County. The suspect was taken into custody and transported to the Skagit County Jail where he was booked for his warrant and Third Degree Driving With a Suspended License.

Sunday, Feb. 22

1:33 am.  An Officer on patrol near the intersection of Commercial Avenue and 11th Street noticed a black Dodge pickup truck bearing a-typical license plates for a Washington truck. Further investigation revealed that the plates belonged to a Lincoln Towncar. The 28 year-old Everett driver was contacted on the 1700 block of Commercial Avenue and stated that the vehicle belonged to his uncle and he was unaware that the plates did not belong on the vehicle. The driver was able to provide a registration for the vehicle with the correct plate, however, the registration had expired as of April 25, 2014. The driver was issued an infraction for failure to renew expired registration and vehicle plate not valid.

2:06 am.  An Anacortes Police Officer contacted a 21 year-old Anacortes man on follow up from a 2014 case. Further investigation revealed that the man had an Anacortes Municipal Court warrant for disorderly conduct. The subject was taken into custody and a search of his person revealed two plastic bags containing cotton balls with black residue consistent with heroin use. The subject stated that he had not used in several days and forgot they were in his pocket. He was transported to the Anacortes Police Department, booked and released on his warrant and issued a citation for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was then released.

4:49 pm.  A 27 year-old Coupeville man was driving his Chevy Cobalt westbound on SR 20 when he struck a Honda Pilot ahead of him in the left turn lane at Sharpe’s Corner. There were no injuries, but the driver of the Cobalt was issued an infraction for Following Too Closely With Accident and Failure to Provide Proof of Insurance. Both vehicles were driven from the scene.

Monday, Feb. 23

10:13 am.  An Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to a business on the 2800 block of Commercial Avenue on Monday morning per the report that a female patron had failed to pay for food she had eaten at the establishment earlier that morning. The reporting party provided an accurate description of the subject and approximately two hours later Officers contacted the suspect who was reported to have been involved in a similar incident at another restaurant in the city. The 32 year-old Mount Vernon woman was taken into custody, transported to APD, and issued a citation for Third Degree Theft. She was then released from custody.

Tuesday, Feb. 24

1:56 pm.  A female out-of-state resident contacted Police to report that her ex-husband, an Anacortes resident, had sent packages containing gifts for their child, but also envelopes containing messages and gifts to the female despite a Restraining Order prohibiting the male from contacting her. The 38 year-old male was taken into custody by the APD a short time later and charged with Violation of a Restraining Order. He was released from the scene and promised to appear in court.

Wednesday, Feb. 25

3:30 pm.  A 21 year-old Sedro-Woolley man was issued an infraction for Following Too Close on Wednesday afternoon when the Toyota sedan he was driving on Commercial Avenue struck the rear end of a late model Ford pickup. There were no injuries.

Thursday, Feb. 26

10:15 pm.  Anacortes Police Officers were dispatched to a fight taking place at a residence on R Avenue. Upon arrival, Officers could hear a male and female voice coming from the residence. Officers determined that the two individuals were married and that the female had been punched in the face by the male, causing injury to her lip. As a result of their investigation and evidence at the scene, Officers took the male suspect into custody on charges of 4th Degree Domestic Violence and he was transported to the Skagit County Jail and booked on his charges.

Friday, Feb. 27

Early this morning three subjects gained entry into two separate Anacortes businesses by throwing rocks through the front windows. Several items of value were taken on both occasions, including several hundred dollars worth of cigarettes and lighters. An 18 year-old Anacortes man and a 15 year-old girl were taken into custody and transported to the Skagit County Jail and Juvenile Detention respectively on Burglary charges. The third suspect was still at large. 

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