Police Beat

An Anacortes Police Officer early Saturday morning was dispatched to Doon Way in Anacortes per the report of a vehicle that had been urinated and defecated on in the area. The officer arrived and confirmed the report and also observed a large dent on the rear quarter panel of the vehicle. As the officer was about to clear the scene a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle drove by and the officer made a traffic stop to speak with the three juveniles therein. A 15 year-old passenger in the vehicle admitted that he was responsible for the incident, including the dent. Based on the results of his investigation, the officer took the juvenile into custody on charges of malicious mischief. All three juveniles were released from the scene to their parents. 

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police worked on this week

Saturday, May 16

7:01 am. The Anacortes Police Department responded to multiple calls from May 14-16 of bizarre behavior exhibited by a 38 year-old Bellingham man at various locations throughout the city. In this case, the subject was reported to be yelling at citizens walking on Cap Sante to get the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office. Officers made contact with the man in the 400 block of V Avenue. At the time of contact, the man was only wearing an unbuttoned pair of pants and was yelling and waving his arms talking non-sensically for several minutes. After some time, the subject agreed with an APD Sergeant on scene that he was not feeling well and should go to the hospital to speak with a doctor. The Sergeant offered him a ride but the subject refused due to the presence of antennas on the car, however, he did seem interested in an ambulance ride to the hospital and aid response was requested. The available aid unit was on a priority call at the time of the call, so some time elapsed and the subject’s actions continued to escalate. Officers attempted to restrain the subject a few blocks away after he had run away to a nearby residential area on 5th Street. He was able to break free of them and continued to run southbound on Market Street towards Cap Sante Marina. The APD Sergeant once again contacted the subject and attempted to talk him into the ambulance which was now on scene. The subject then began to fight and was Tased after several verbal warnings were issued and ignored in an attempt to gain compliance and protect the crowd of people at the marina. The subject was transported to Island Hospital to be treated for minor injuries sustained in this incident and on an involuntary commitment for his actions. He was released later in the day.

6:27 pm. An Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to the Mount Erie trailhead on Sunday afternoon per the report of a vehicle prowl. The victim vehicle sustained approximately $200 worth of damage to the driver’s side rear window but nothing of value was taken. There are no suspects.

Sunday, May 17

7:54 pm. On Sunday afternoon Anacortes Police Officers were dispatched to a fight in progress in the 800 block of 27th Street in Anacortes. The reporting party also stated that an intoxicated subject was attempting to drive away but had struck another vehicle. After a few moments on scene, an officer contacted a 52 year-old Eastsound woman who stated that she had been the one driving the vehicle and had done so after she had a verbal altercation with an adult woman who owed her money. The officer noticed a smell of intoxicants coming from the woman’s mouth when she spoke and administered voluntary field tests on the subject. The woman performed poorly on the tests and was taken into custody on DUI charges and transported to the Anacortes Police Department for processing. She was then transported to the Skagit County Jail on DUI charges as she had a previous DUI on her record from 2008. She also received a citation for driving with license suspended.

Tuesday, May 19

9:20 am. The APD Animal Control Officer took a report of an aggressive doe in the area charging several neighbors and pinning one of the individuals in her yard. A Fish and Wildlife Officer was consulted and believes that the doe may have a new fawn which could elicit this type of behavior.

4:11 pm. Anacortes Police were dispatched to a potential violation of a no contact order on M Avenue on Tuesday afternoon. Police responded to the address to speak with the 14 year-old female petitioner who stated that the defendant, an 18 year-old Anacortes man, had been at that location earlier in the afternoon. A short time later, police contacted the man who admitted that he had been at that location. The man was taken into custody at that time and booked into the Skagit County Jail for violation of a domestic protection order.

4:24 pm. A 49 year-old Anacortes woman was taken into custody on Tuesday afternoon per the report from a local grocery store employee that the subject had taken approximately $200 worth of items from the store without paying for them. An officer responded to the area and spoke with the subject who stated that she had been in an argument with her husband and accidentally followed him out to the parking lot without paying for her groceries. She was taken into custody on Theft charges and trespassed from the store per the request of management. She was released from the scene. 

Wednesday, May 20

5:47 am. An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol in the 3000 block of D Avenue observed a silver GMC Sierra traveling northbound at 45 MPH in the 20 MPH speed zone. The 24 year-old Burlington man driving the vehicle was found to have a suspended driver’s license for unpaid tickets since December 2014. He was taken into custody and issued a citation for driving with a suspended license and an infraction for speeding 15 MPH over the speed limit. He was released from the scene.

Thursday, May 21

4:14 pm. Anacortes Police Officers responded to a domestic violence call on the 800 block of 28th Street in Anacortes on Thursday afternoon. The reporting party, an adult female from Anacortes, contacted Police to report that her 15 year-old niece had struck her in the face during an altercation. Police on scene interviewed both parties and marks on the woman’s face and arms were consistent with her statement. The juvenile female subject admitted that she had struck her aunt after a heated argument. As a result of these findings, Anacortes Police filed charges for Fourth Degree Assault DVPA.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

1,239 Skagit Cases (+2)
<70 Cases in ZIP 98221

104 Hospitalizations (+0)
23 Deaths (+0)

102,913 Cases Statewide (+649)
8,280 Hospitalizations (+22)

2,296 Deaths Statewide (+0)

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