Police Beat

A 29 year-old Anacortes man was arrested and taken to jail by Anacortes Police on Monday evening after he briefly eluded police in the Mercedes sedan he was driving. An APD Officer on patrol attempted a traffic stop in the 700 block of 34th Street as the driver was not wearing a seatbelt and failed to stop at the stop sign at 34th Street. The Mercedes sped away and the officer lost contact with the vehicle at the intersection of 32nd and Commercial.

A short time later, officers were dispatched to a residence near 32nd Street and M Avenue per the report of an abandoned vehicle. Upon arrival, officers discovered the Mercedes and a male and female hiding approximately ½ block away in some shrubs. The two individuals were taken into custody without incident. Both subjects were searched and the male had keys matching the vehicle and a methamphetamine pipe with burnt residue in his pocket. The male admitted to driving the vehicle and stated that he had fled hoping the officer was not after him since he had warrants for his arrest and was driving with a suspended license. The female subject was released from the scene. The male subject was transported to APD, then Skagit County Jail where he was booked with charges pending for eluding, driving with license suspended, ignition interlock violation, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He also received traffic citations for failure to stop at a stop sign and for not wearing a seatbelt.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police worked on this week

Saturday, July 25

11:54 pm.  Anacortes Police Officers responded to a juvenile complaint in the 1300 block of Commercial Avenue. The reporting party stated that three juveniles were being disruptive in the area and yelling at people and cars passing by. An APD Sergeant contacted a vehicle matching the description provided by the person who called 911 after observing a red sedan driving recklessly from N Avenue and 14th Street until the vehicle was stopped a few moments later in the 2200 block of M Avenue, at times reaching speeds in excess of 60 mph and running a stop sign at 18th Street and M Avenue.

Upon contact, the 18 year-old male driver of the vehicle told the Sergeant that he was late for his curfew of midnight, which is why he was driving fast. The driver was unable to provide a valid insurance card as requested. The subject smelled strongly of intoxicants and was placed under arrest for DUI as a result of poor results on several voluntary field sobriety tests. He was taken to APD for processing and breath tests yielded results of over the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. The subject was charged with DUI and infractions for Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign and Failure to Provide Proof of Insurance. He was released from the APD to his father.

Sunday, July 26

4:00 pm.  A 51 year-old Anacortes man was booked into the Skagit County Jail for Violation of a Domestic Violence/No Contact Order after an astute APD Officer recognized the man walking on Commercial Avenue with a woman he had recently had a domestic dispute with. Per a court order stemming from that incident, the man was not to have contact with the woman. After confirming that the order was still in place and had been served 5 days previous, officers contacted the male subject a short time later. The man was asked if he knew about the order and he said he did and that he had a copy of the order in his pocket. He then told police that the female asked him to come with her to the store, a claim that was denied by the woman. The male subject was taken into custody for violation of the order and taken to jail.

Monday, July 27

6:42 pm.  A 33 year-old Anacortes man was cited and released for Criminal Trespassing 2nd Degree on Monday afternoon following a removal request from an address on 30th Street. Anacortes Police Officers arrived and detained the subject walking in the road nearby. Investigation on scene revealed that the subject had been trespassed from the residence approximately a month previous and he had been in the home earlier in the day. Following their investigation, officers took the subject into custody and released him from the scene.

Tuesday, July 28

9:01 pm.  An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol in the 12500 block of Christianson Road recognized a male on a bicycle in the area as having two warrants for his arrest. The 37 year-old was contacted and arrested for his warrants. A search incident to arrest yielded a methamphetamine pipe and was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in addition to being booked and released from APD on his two warrants.

Wednesday, July 29

6:46 am.  An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol contacted the driver of a late model BMW on northbound Commercial Avenue early Wednesday morning for no front license plate. The 20 year-old Mount Vernon man stated that he did not have a license plate bracket on the front of his vehicle. Investigation revealed that the subject’s license was suspended for unpaid tickets. The officer cited the man for driving with license suspended and cleared the scene.

1:50 pm.  An Anacortes resident in the central portion of the city contacted Police to report activity that seemed strange to them. A male was going door-to-door in the neighborhood claiming to represent Schwan’s Foods but was driving a red truck with license plates that were obscured. The responding APD Officer was unable to locate the suspicious subject for questioning.

4:46 pm.  A 27 year-old Bellingham man was issued a traffic citation for Following Too Close on Wednesday afternoon when the Nissan Sentra he was driving struck the rear of a Chevy pickup that was stopped for traffic on South Marches Point Road near Reservation Road. There were no serious injuries.

7:30 pm.  An Anacortes Police Officer was on a traffic stop in the 2100 block of 12th Street when an adult female pulled up and got out of her vehicle. The woman was crying and limped over to ask the officer for assistance. She told the officer that her intoxicated husband was at home, and when she attempted to leave the residence, he came up behind her and poured his beer on her head and slammed the car door on her multiple times causing injury to her wrist. She said her husband proceeded to grab her wrist and yanked her to the ground. The woman was transported from the scene to the hospital to be treated for her injuries. The officer then drove to the couple’s home to speak with the woman’s husband who was having difficulty standing up due to his high level of intoxication. He was placed under arrest and booked in the Skagit County Jail on a Domestic Violence Assault charge.

Thursday, July 30

3:52 pm.  A childcare facility on M Avenue in Anacortes called 911 to report the theft of a large, red children’s buggy, valued at approximately $1,200, sometime on Wednesday evening. An APD Officer responded and was told that there was also damage to wooden slats in a children’s mailbox which appeared to be purposeful. On July 31st, APD received an anonymous tip that lead to the successful recovery of the buggy and it was returned to its rightful owner.

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