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Police arrested an Anacortes man on assault and unlawful imprisonment charges when he showed up at the hospital to visit  the assault victim who was talking to police.

Anacortes Police Officers were dispatched to the hospital on Tuesday morning for a cold assault that had taken place the previous day. Police arrived and spoke with a female patient who stated that her boyfriend, a 27 year-old Anacortes man, had accused her of cheating on him and struck her in a back of the head and bitten her finger hard enough to cause an open wound. Next, the male subject placed two pieces of furniture in front of the door to prevent the woman from leaving. As the officers were concluding their contact, the woman’s boyfriend arrived at the hospital to speak with her. The male subject was taken into custody and transported to the Skagit County Jail where he was booked on 2nd Degree Assault and Unlawful Imprisonment charges.

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

Tuesday, December 15

At approximately 5:00 in the afternoon on Tuesday, an Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to K Avenue per the report of a domestic dispute in the area. Investigation on scene revealed that a 14 year-old male had gotten into an argument with his mother’s boyfriend and had broken a house window with a rock. The officer completed a juvenile referral charging the subject with Malicious Mischief 3rd Domestic Violence.

An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol in the 1000 block of 24th Street observed a late model sedan driving without headlights during nighttime hours. The driver of the vehicle was contacted in the 2100 block of Commercial Avenue. The 61 year-old male appeared to be nervous and the officer saw an unopened can of Icehouse beer on the passenger side floor of the vehicle as well as a fast food cup in the cup holder, later determined to contain beer. The driver was asked for his license and looked through his wallet, pulled it out and placed it on the passenger seat, then continue to look for it in his wallet. After several minutes, the officer pointed to the license on the seat and took possession of it, identifying the driver. A faint odor of alcohol was coming from the vehicle and when asked if he had been drinking, the driver admitted to having a few beers earlier in the evening and stated that he had gone out to purchase another beer.  The driver was asked to perform voluntary field sobriety tests and was very unsteady on his feet while walking and while getting out of the car. The driver performed poorly on the tests and provided a breath sample which resulted in a reading of over the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. He was taken into custody on DUI charges and later transported to a friend’s home.  

Wednesday, December 16

APD took a vehicle prowl report on Wednesday afternoon. The reporting party stated that her unlocked vehicle was accessed in the driveway of her home on West 3rd Street the previous evening and a small bag had been removed and later recovered from the neighbor’s yard.

An Anacortes resident on 18th Street contacted police on Wednesday afternoon to report the theft of a package containing $75 worth of men’s apparel that had been delivered to his home approximately 10 days previous. There are no suspects.

An Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to a medical facility in the 2300 block of Commercial Avenue on Wednesday afternoon. The reporting party called to report that a patient had found an unused hypodermic needle in the parking lot and that exterior lighting at the facility had been tampered with. Further, the reporting party expressed frustration due to the presence of possible drug activity in the area. The officer encouraged the business to call 911 in the event of further suspicious activity.

Thursday, December 17

An Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to Skyline Way on Thursday morning per the report of a high value mountain bike that had been stolen from inside a locked vehicle sometime overnight. At approximately the same time, a different APD Officer was dispatched to a found bike on Coho Lane which turned out to be the bike that had been stolen the previous evening. The bike was then returned to its rightful owner. There are no suspects in this case.

APD’s Animal Control Officer was dispatched to the report of a found dog on Thursday morning. The reporting party told police that the large dog had no collar and was taken in overnight for the animal’s safety. The ACO was familiar with the dog and contacted the caregiver, a 29 year-old Anacortes woman, who agreed to pick up the dog. An infraction for Dog at Large was sent to the court for mailing.

A Kingsway resident called police on Thursday morning to report a broken passenger side window on their vehicle. The damage had occurred sometime the previous evening. Nothing else on the vehicle appeared to be tampered with. There are no suspects.

An Anacortes Police Officer took a malicious mischief report on Thursday reference a vehicle parked on 34th Street overnight. The vehicle’s passenger side window had been broken, but nothing further had been tampered with on the vehicle.

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A local convenience store reported the theft of a donation jar on their counter containing approximately $70 in contributions to a charity. The store captured an image of a suspect which has been publicized on APD social media pages in an effort to identify the person of interest in this case. As a result of the publicity, the suspect has now spoken with an officer and the case will move forward.

A 27 year-old Anacortes woman driver was contacted by an Anacortes Police Sergeant on patrol in the 2600 block of T Avenue. The female was driving approximately 40 mph in a 25 mph zone when she passed the marked patrol vehicle and was contacted a short time later. The Sergeant immediately noticed a strong odor of intoxicants coming from the vehicle at the time of contact and the driver’s eyes were watery and bloodshot. The woman admitted to drinking some wine earlier in the evening and performed poorly on voluntary roadside tests, swaying and using her arms several times to maintain her balance. The woman then provided a voluntary breath test sample resulting in nearly twice the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. She was taken into custody on DUI charges and the father of the 1 month old passenger arrived to take custody of the infant. The woman was transported to the APD where charges of DUI and Reckless Endangerment, for having an infant in the vehicle, were explained to her. She was then released from the scene. 

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

5,075 Confirmed Skagit Cases
430-439 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

326 Hospitalizations
72 Deaths
49,057 Fully Vaccinated
59,732 Initial Doses Given


389,882 Confirmed Cases Statewide
23,187 Hospitalizations

5,622 Deaths Statewide
2,757,234 Fully Vaccinated
3,562,750 Initial Doses Given

Updated 7 pm, May 15, 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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