Police Beat

A driver led a police officer on a chase, not in a vehicle but on foot, for several blocks after the officer initiated a traffic stop.

An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol Thursday afternoon observed a black Honda sedan in the 900 block of 22nd Street fail to use a turn signal and initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver, later determined to be a 31 year-old Burlington man, abruptly pulled off the street in the 2200 block of Q Avenue and jumped out of the driver’s seat, running west into a nearby apartment complex. As he was running, the suspect dropped two small items, later determined to be a phone charger and a methamphetamine pipe. The foot pursuit ensued for several blocks, ending at a medical care facility on 24th Street, where the suspect went in and out again and was arrested at gunpoint by several responding APD Officers. When questioned, the suspect stated that he had run away because he knew he had Dept. of Corrections warrants and did not want to go to jail. Investigation revealed that the suspect had a felony warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance. He was transported to the APD and then to jail on his felony DOC warrant and an investigative hold for Violation of the Controlled Substance Act, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting Arrest, and Driving With License Suspended.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police worked on this week

Saturday, August 1

6:04 pm.  An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol observed a Saturn sedan traveling in the 2000 block of Commercial Ave. with an inoperable brake light. The officer initiated a traffic stop and the vehicle came to a stop near the intersection of 18th Street and Commercial. A 25 year-old woman from Seattle was driving the vehicle and was informed of the reason for the stop. Investigation revealed that the driver was driving with a license that had been suspended since June 2015 for failure to appear on an unpaid ticket. She was issued a citation for Driving With License Suspended and released at the scene. Her passenger, a licensed driver, informed the officer that she would drive from the scene.

Sunday, August 2

9:28 pm.  A 65 year-old Spokane man was arrested by police on Sunday night on charges of DUI and hit-and-run attended vehicle for causing approximately $7,500 damage to his and another vehicle while traveling on R Avenue. Anacortes Police received a call from a reporting party on SR 20 that a black Toyota SUV was traveling at a high rate of speed and in and out of their lane of travel. A short time later, police received an update that the vehicle had nearly struck a guardrail and curb and ultimately struck the side of a pickup truck while traveling North or ‘R’ Avenue. A short time later, an Anacortes Police Sergeant located the suspect vehicle in the parking lot of a motel. Officers spoke with hotel staff who stated that a patron who smelled of alcohol had just checked into his room. Shortly thereafter, officers contacted the man and took him into custody for investigation of hit-and-run/DUI. The man’s eyes were glassy and bloodshot and he admitted to having three beers earlier that evening and smelled strongly of intoxicants. A voluntary breath test was administered and resulted in a reading of over the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. He was transported to APD for DUI processing and ultimately given a courtesy transport back to his hotel room.

Tuesday, August 4

7:49 am.  An Anacortes Police Officer on bike patrol checked Rotary Park in the 700 block of T Avenue in Anacortes and observed red, black, and blue graffiti on a stairway in the area. There are no suspects.

9:20 am.  An Anacortes Bike Patrol Unit Officer was on patrol on Tuesday morning when a concerned citizen approached him and told him about a male and female drinking behind a business in the 3100 block of Commercial Avenue. The officer responded to the area and contacted a male and female, both familiar to Police. The male had one open beer in his hand and a second open beer can on the ground next to him. The officer told the man that he was not allowed to drink in public and the 52 year-old debated with the officer about the fact that his location was indeed a public place. The male subject was issued an infraction for open container in public and he and the female left the area.

11:00 am.  A 15 year-old male was booked at the Skagit County Juvenile Detention Center on theft charges on Tuesday afternoon following a report of missing prescription medication from the juvenile’s home. Further investigation by an APD Officer revealed that an extended family member was visiting and noticed her medications were missing. Officers responded later in the afternoon to arrest the juvenile and contacted him a short distance from his home leaving the area on a bus. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to jail.

3:58 pm.  Two pairs of women’s shoes, valued at $45, were stolen from the front porch of a residence on the west side of Anacortes sometime on Tuesday afternoon. The shoes were delivered via UPS at approximately 12:25PM but were not present when the homeowners arrived later in the day. There are no suspects.

Wednesday, August 5

7:05 am.  A resident on 6th Street contacted Police to report scuff marks on their vehicle that had been caused by a wooden pedestal removed from the front porch of the victim’s home. Two neighbors also had scuffs on their windshield and dirt from an upended potted plant. Total estimated damage incurred was $40 for replacement of the wooden pedestal. There are no suspects.

9:34 am.  A resident on 5th Street contacted Police to report that a vehicle parked in front of her home may have been broken into. An officer arrived and noted two large rocks and pieces of a statue lying next to the damaged vehicle. The car sustained approximately $1,300 in damage to the door, bumper, and windshield. The officer also confirmed that another vehicle in the area had sustained a tear in the soft-top and door panel that would cost approximately $1,500 to repair. There are no suspects in this case.

2:16 pm.  An Anacortes resident contacted Police to report that sometime during the night on August 2nd, his unlocked pickup had been accessed and approximately $50 worth of electronics and tools had been removed from the vehicle.

6:46 pm.  Anacortes Police Officers were dispatched to a possible domestic on Devonshire Drive on Wednesday afternoon. A 42 year-old Anacortes man was taken into custody on a domestic violence assault charge and Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act following on-scene investigations. The man’s girlfriend was on scene and exhibited injuries to her lip, wrists, shins, and knuckles as a result of being assaulted by her boyfriend. The boyfriend was searched incident to arrest and police discovered a bag containing one Lorazepam pill. He was transported to the Skagit County Jail and booked on his charges.

Thursday, August 6

8:45 am.  An Anacortes resident contacted Police to report that someone had entered his home through an unlocked window sometime during the afternoon to late evening hours of August 5th. The perpetrator stole approximately $750 worth of electronics from the residence and $150 worth of earrings. There are no suspects.

Friday, August 7

1:05 am.  A 35 year-old Anacortes man was taken to jail on assault charges following an early morning 911 call. The first APD Officer on scene spoke with a very upset woman who had a hard time speaking to him due to injury that she stated had been sustained when she was kicked by her ex-boyfriend. The woman also had a large lump on her left cheekbone that was bleeding. The woman told officers that she and her ex-boyfriend had gotten into an argument over a cellphone and the argument escalated to the point where he struck her with a closed fist and kicked her. The woman was taken to the hospital to be treated for her injuries and the male suspect was booked in the Skagit County Jail on Assault 4th/Domestic Violence charges.  

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,695 Confirmed Skagit Cases
390-399 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

299 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
37,483 Fully Vaccinated
52,143 Initial Doses Given


363,840 Confirmed Cases Statewide
21,743 Hospitalizations

5,428 Deaths Statewide
1,982,674 Fully Vaccinated
2,927,970 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, April 22, 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

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