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Two juveniles were picked up and taken to the Skagit County Juvenile Detention Center in connection with a series of malicious acts, including smashing a vehicle windshield and jumping on the hood of another vehicle.

Anacortes Police were dispatched early Saturday morning, June 6, to a malicious mischief complaint in the area of 28th Street and J Avenue in Anacortes early Saturday morning. The resident reported seeing four males attempting to smash the windshield of a vehicle in the area and ringing the bell at a nearby church. Several officers responded and contacted one juvenile male on foot near Island View Elementary School and another male at his home a few moments later. Both juveniles were determined to be suspects in several acts of malicious mischief that occurred that evening including at least one smashed vehicle windshield, a smashed flower pot, and a “triple dog dare” which resulted in one of the suspects jumping on the hood of another vehicle parked in the area, causing the hood to cave in. The two juveniles were taken into custody and transported to the Skagit County Juvenile Detention Center on Malicious Mischief charges.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police worked on this week

Saturday, June 6

2:04 pm.  A 17 year-old Mount Vernon juvenile was coming to a stop at a yellow light at Sharpes Corner when her vehicle was struck in the rear by a Ford pickup towing a horse trailer that was driven by a 56 year-old Stanwood woman. Aid responded to the scene and treated and released the passengers in the Toyota. The driver of the pickup was issued a citation for Following Too Close and both vehicles were towed from the scene.

8:04 pm.  An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol in the 1000 block of 19th Street observed a silver 1990 BMW make a left turn from the 1900 block of Commercial into the 1000 block of 19th Street at a high of speed with squealing, smoking tires. The 23 year-old Anacortes man driving the vehicle said his vehicle had been giving him trouble lately. The officer explained that his driving displayed a blatant disregard for the safety of others and he was issued a citation for Reckless Driving.

Sunday, June 7

12:41 am.  An Anacortes Police Sergeant was dispatched to a local eatery in the 300 block of Commercial Avenue per the report of an unruly patron. The APD Sergeant arrived on scene to find an intoxicated male subject being held on the ground by an employee of the establishment who stated that he had done all he could to safely escort the patron out of the area, even to the point of offering to pay for a taxi ride home. Police took the subject into custody and transported him home, releasing him with a copy of his disorderly conduct citation.

2:15 am.  An Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to the 800 block of 24th Street per the report of a vehicle prowl in progress. The victim told Police that he had yelled out the window at a young male in his vehicle behind his residence. The suspect fled on foot and left some personal items, including a bicycle, on scene, but was not located at that time. A few hours later, APD Officers were dispatched to an unrelated case in which the suspect was positively identified and taken into custody on charges of Second Degree Vehicle Prowling, then transported to APD. He was later released from the scene.

Monday, June 8

10:41 am.  An Anacortes man contacted Police on Monday morning to report that he had been assaulted by a 40 year-old Anacortes man who was known to him after joking with the man’s ex-girlfriend about being with another woman. The victim stated that the man “came out of nowhere” and jammed his hand backwards and began jamming his fingers in his eyes. Later that evening an Anacortes Police Sergeant contacted the suspect who admitted that he had bent the victim’s hand back and was taken into custody on assault charges, then released from the scene.

1:02 pm.  A 62 year-old Anacortes woman was issued an unsafe/improper backing citation on Monday afternoon when she backed her Ford SUV into the front of a Chevy Cavalier causing reportable damage. There were no injuries.

2:23 pm.  An Anacortes resident on 38th Street contacted Anacortes Police to report a bicycle valued at approximately $500 that had been stolen sometime in the previous 3-4 days. There are no suspects.

Tuesday, June 9

2:36 pm.  The manager of a local business on O Avenue in Anacortes contacted APD to report that he found a plastic baggy containing a white crystalline substance, presumably crystal methamphetamine. An officer responded and returned the baggy to APD where it was packaged for disposal.

Wednesday, June 10

2:10 am.  Anacortes Police Officers were dispatched to the 7600 block of SR 20, near Country Corner Inn, for a possible fight that had just occurred at a commercial location in the area. The reporting party stated that his friend had just been punched in the face. The responding officers interviewed involved parties and determined that a verbal confrontation turned into a shoving match amongst a few adult males and none of them wished to pursue charges. All involved parties agreed to disburse from the area and return to their hotel rooms for the evening.

11:39 pm.  An employee at an unnamed local grocery store contacted Police on Thursday evening to report that a 25 year-old Anacortes man had attempted to steal approximately $18 worth of items from the store. An APD Officer arrived and detained the suspect while he investigated the incident. Employees at the store stated that they observed the suspect place alcohol and cleaning items into his duffle bag and walked towards the front door, past the checkout stands. When confronted by staff about the items in his bag, the man stated that he was looking for a cart, then went through the checkout stand to purchase the items, but did not have any money with him. The suspect was cited for Theft, removed from the store, and released from custody on scene. The Police Department decided not to reveal the name of the store or its location.

Thursday, June 11

3:46 pm.  Anacortes Police Officers responded to a three-car, non-injury accident in the westbound lane of SR 20 near Christianson Road. All three vehicles were traveling in the same lane, in the same direction, when the front vehicle was rear-ended by a second vehicle, a Toyota pickup, and the second vehicle was rear-ended by a third vehicle. The 50 year-old male driving the Toyota pickup was cited for Following Too Close.

Friday, June 12

12:59 am.  An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol on westbound State Route 20 contacted the 24 year-old driver of a Mini Cooper for traveling 73 miles per hour in a posted 55 mile per hour zone. When told of the reason for the stop, the driver stated that he was not from Anacortes and did not realize he was speeding. Further investigation revealed that the driver’s license was suspended since January for unpaid speeding tickets. He was taken into custody and issued a criminal citation for Driving With License Suspended and a traffic citation for speeding. He was released at the scene. 

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136 Hospitalizations (+2)
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