Police Beat

An Anacortes Police Officer and trainee conducted a traffic stop Thursday night  in the 1500 block of 32nd Street in Anacortes and recognized a 25 year-old Anacortes man, known to Police, working on his vehicle in the area. Further investigation revealed that the subject had three arrest warrants, two for driving with license suspended and one for resisting arrest. The subject drove off in his vehicle a few moments later, traveling southbound on K Avenue from 32nd Street. Officers stopped the subject’s vehicle in an alley in the 1400 block of K Avenue. The subject took off on foot and was stopped again by officers a short distance away,  in the 1300 block of 33rd Street where he was taken into custody without incident. Officers found three .22 bullets in his pocket when they searched the subject and further investigation revealed that he had been in possession of a rifle earlier that evening and sometimes uses it to “shoot raccoons.” The subject was taken into custody and booked and released on his Anacortes warrants with additional charges pending for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm as he is a convicted felon; Resisting Arrest; Driving with License Suspended; and Malicious Mischief for a small garden pot that was damaged during the foot pursuit. He was transported to the Skagit County Jail where he was released to a Department of Corrections Officer for his DOC warrant.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police worked on this week

Saturday, July 11

12:01 am.  At approximately midnight on Friday night an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol heard the distinct sound of studded snow tires on a vehicle passing him in the 1900 block of Commercial Avenue. The Officer initiated a traffic stop on the VW Jetta and spoke with the 20 year-old woman from Nine Mile Falls, Wash. who was driving the vehicle. The Officer noticed the smell of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle and asked the driver about it. She admitted to having a glass bong that contained oily residue and smelled faintly of marijuana. Further investigation also revealed an approximately 1/3 full bottle of gin in the back seat of the vehicle that the driver stated she had consumed earlier in the week with friends. The driver did not appear to be intoxicated at the time of contact but was cited for minor in possession and given an infraction for the use of studded snow tires after April.

7:07 pm.  A 17 year-old Mount Vernon driver was cited for negligent driving when the Audi sedan he was driving struck a metal pole at the NW corner of Reservation Road and SR 20 when the speeding driver attempted to make a turn on to northbound Reservation. Though the Audi sustained reportable damage to the front end, there were no other cars involved and there were no injuries.

Monday, July 13

3:51 pm.  A 67 year-old Medical Lake, Washington man was cited for Failure to Yield Right of Way after he drove his late model Ford pickup into the path of an oncoming semi-truck at the intersection of SR 20 and Fidalgo Bay Road. The driver stated that he had gotten lost in town trying to find the ferry terminal and failed to see the truck as he pulled out onto westbound SR 20. The driver and passenger in the pickup were not injured--the truck driver sustained minor injuries.

11:17 pm.  Anacortes Police were dispatched to a residence per a theft report. The reporting parties stated that several prescription pills were taken from their home sometime during the night on Friday. The reporting party provided the responding APD Officer with information about a friend of a tenant who they suspected could be responsible for the theft.  The 21 year-old suspect was contacted by Police at his residence to investigate the matter. The suspect admitted that he had an opiate and heroin problem and stated that he was responsible for the theft of the pills. Per the homeowner’s request, the subject was removed from the residence where the theft occurred and charges for theft and Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act are pending.

Tuesday, July 14

8:49 pm.  An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol observed the driver of a late model Ford Mustang in the 1700 block of Q Avenue holding a cell phone to his ear. The 56 year-old Anacortes driver was found to be driving without a valid license as of June 12, 2015. He was taken into custody on a 2nd Degree Driving With Suspended License charge and released from the scene.

Wednesday, July 15

2:55 pm  A 31 year-old Anacortes driver was contacted by Police in the 1200 block of Commercial for not wearing his seatbelt. The man told the APD Officer that the seatbelt cut into his neck and was able to provide his license and registration, but unable to provide proof of insurance. The officer determined that the subject was driving without a valid license. In addition, he discovered that the man had three warrants out of the Anacortes Municipal Court for Driving With License Suspended, Dog Violations, and Animal Cruelty. He was taken into custody and transported to APD for driving without a license and issued a citation for Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Proof of Insurance. He was booked and released on his warrant and released from the scene to a family member.

Thursday, July 16

1:48 pm.  An Anacortes citizen contacted Police to report that he was nearly a victim of a “grandparent scam” whereby the caller fraudulently claimed to be the reporting parties’ incarcerated grandson. Thankfully, a concerned neighbor stopped the man from sending the money and there was no financial loss sustained.

Friday, July 17

2:55 am.  An Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to a suspicious detail on 17th Street early Friday morning. Upon arrival, the officer heard multiple loud voices at the residence and spoke with an adult male who had blood dripping from his mouth and blood and scratches on his body. A moment later the subject’s wife appeared with a blood-covered shirt. Investigation on scene revealed that the female subject with the bloody shirt had left the home earlier in the evening and returned to the home and found her husband in a dark room with another female who was staying at the home. Next, the female lashed out at her husband and struck him in the face which split his lip. The woman was arrested for Assault 4, Domestic Violence and taken to jail. 

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130-139 Cases in ZIP 98221 

134 Hospitalizations (+1)
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