Police Beat

A confrontation at a hotel ended with a suspect arrested and sent to county jail.

The desk clerk at a local hotel contacted Anacortes Police early Sunday morning to report an intoxicated male subject who was yelling at her in the hotel lobby. Investigation on scene revealed that the subject had been given a room key by an unknown party and was asking the clerk which room the key belonged to. Because he was not a registered guest in the hotel, the clerk did not provide that information and the subject told the clerk that he would then try every room until he found one that worked. Further investigation by Police determined that the subject had a confirmed warrant for his arrest out of the Skagit County District Court. The 37 year-old male was taken into custody on his warrant and transported to the Anacortes Police Department with the intent to book and release him on his warrant as the jail had initially declined to accept him. The subject was placed in a cell while the APD Sergeant completed book and release paper work. After several minutes, the man was awakened multiple times in an attempt to get him to sign the book and release paperwork. The confrontational subject was ultimately taken to the Skagit County Jail and booked on his warrant as a result of his refusal to sign the paperwork.    

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police worked on this week.

Sunday, November 15

An Anacortes Police Officer responded to the report of a broken vehicle window in the 1000 block of 5th Street on Sunday morning. The victim reported that approximately $800 worth of outdoor gear had been taken from the vehicle. There are no suspects.

Anacortes Police were dispatched to a residence on K Avenue on Sunday morning to investigate an incident between two juvenile stepbrothers. A 14 year-old male was later booked at the Skagit County Juvenile Detention Center on assault charges as witnesses on scene had reported that he was the aggressor, pushing his brother off the couch and punching him twice, one time in the back of the head and once in the lip.

Monday, November 16

A local resident contacted Police on Monday morning to report that someone had entered her unlocked vehicle on Friday and taken her cellphone. There are no suspects.

Tuesday, November 17

At approximately 2PM, Anacortes Police responded to a removal request that had been received from a local restaurant. Personnel at the restaurant stated that a male subject known to them was known for loitering in the area without purchasing any food items, and was suspected of vandalizing the store in the past. The subject had left the area and the responding APD Sergeant was unable to locate him. An Officer on patrol observed the 22 year-old male walking on Commercial Avenue later in the evening and he was served with a notice of trespass from the restaurant.

Anacortes Police were dispatched to 24th Street to investigate an assault that had occurred earlier in the afternoon. Investigation revealed that adult male and female roommates had been involved in a verbal argument over a vehicle purchase in the driveway of the residence. The exchange escalated and the male subject followed the woman into the home and physically pushed her on the shoulder. The 61 year-old Anacortes man was taken into custody and transported to the Skagit County Jail and booked on a Domestic Violence Assault charge.

Thursday, November 19

Thursday afternoon at about 2:40 PM Anacortes Officers responded to a domestic disturbance call on J Ave. The male suspect at the scene was reported to be making threatening statements and was believed to be armed with a gun. As Officers arrived the suspect got in a vehicle, refused commands that he turn off the vehicle, and took off, driving erratically. Officers followed the suspect and observed him drive off the roadway near 29th St and K Ave. He traveled through a yard and the vehicle struck a residence. The suspect refused to get out of the vehicle and appeared to be trying to find a way to drive off again. After refusing to comply with several verbal commands, a Taser was deployed and the suspect was taken in to custody. Fortunately, there were no injuries. The suspect, a 51 year-old Anacortes resident, has been transported to the hospital for a medical evaluation.

Friday, November 20

A local business owner contacted Anacortes Police to report damage done to a payment station on the property approximately two months previous. No suspects have been named and the incident is under investigation.

Note: Anacortes Police Department policy is to not include names or addresses of businesses or individuals that call 911 for police assistance, though this information is a matter of public record.

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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