Police Beat

At just after midnight on Friday morning, Anacortes Police Officers stopped a male driver on southbound SR 20 near Sharpe’s Corner for his possible involvement in a fatal stabbing in Auburn.

The suspect was taken into custody without incident and transported to APD where he was booked on suspicion of murder and later released to the Auburn Police Department.

The suspect, a 26-year-old Oak Harbor man, and his girlfriend got into some kind of dispute in Auburn on Thursday night, Feb 18. The girlfriend's 21-year-old son tried to separate the suspect and calm him down, but the suspect pulled out a knife and fatally stabbed the son, according to Auburn police. The suspect then fled the scene. He was later tracked down in Anacortes.

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

Saturday, February 13

An Anacortes Police Officer made a traffic stop on a vehicle at 8th Street and Commercial Avenue at approximately 8PM on Saturday. The vehicle had run through the stop sign at 8th ST and Commercial and the 37-year old Anacortes man driving the vehicle was informed of the reason for the stop. Further investigation revealed that the driver had a Department of Corrections warrant and he was taken into custody on his warrant. The subject was then transported to APD where he was later released to the custody of Department of Corrections Officers. 

A 25-year old Mount Vernon man was charged with 4th Degree Domestic Violence Assault following an investigation by Anacortes Police on Saturday and Sunday. Police received a call from a male subject on Saturday evening, but were unable to reach him or other involved parties until the following day. On Sunday, an Anacortes Police Officer contacted the reporting party’s girlfriend to investigate the call. The woman stated that she and her boyfriend had gotten into a verbal argument that turned physical and resulted in the male subject pushing her to the ground. Police then spoke with the boyfriend via telephone to obtain his version of events. Anacortes Police then completed a citation for Domestic Violence assault and sent it to court to be mailed to the male subject involved in this case. 

A 27-year old Anacortes woman was arrested by APD on DUI and Reckless Endangerment charges on Saturday evening. An Anacortes Police Sergeant was dispatched to the area of M Avenue and 41st Street per the report of a woman who was out with the driver of a vehicle that had nearly struck her car. The Sergeant was able to locate the reporting party’s vehicle near 41st Street and spoke with the female standing by her vehicle. The woman described an incident that had unfolded after the driver of another vehicle had nearly struck her car. The woman confronted the driver in person, but he was not on scene when the police arrived. During the course of the conversation, the Sergeant noticed that the woman was slurring her speech and had a strong odor of alcohol coming from her breath. Additionally, the Sergeant discovered that the woman had a young child with her in the car at the time she was contacted. Poor performance on voluntary roadside tests and portable breath test results of approximately two times the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle resulted in the woman being taken into custody for DUI and Reckless Endangerment. She was transported to APD where she was processed and later released to a sober adult. 

Monday, February 15

A resident on 9th Street contacted APD on Monday afternoon to report that someone had gone through his unlocked vehicle sometime over the weekend. The vehicle owner later discovered that a document was missing from the vehicle, but nothing further of value was missing. There are no suspects.  

Wednesday, February 17

At approximately 11AM on Wednesday, an Anacortes Police Corporal on patrol in the 800 block of 14th Street contacted the driver and two occupants of a minivan with a missing registration sticker on the license plate. The 44-year old Mount Vernon driver was found to have a suspended license as of 2014. He was taken into custody and released from the scene with a citation for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended. Additionally, a 25-year old male passenger was taken into custody on a warrant out of Mount Vernon Municipal Court. He was transported to APD, processed, and released from the scene. 

Thursday, February 18

A 30-year old Anacortes driver was contacted at approximately 7PM on Thursday evening in the 2000 block of 13th Street for not having operable tail lights. Investigation on scene revealed that the driver was required to have an ignition interlock on the vehicle which was not present. The male subject was taken into custody and cited for operating a motor vehicle without an ignition interlock.  He was informed of his mandatory court date and released from the scene.  

At approximately 10PM on Thursday evening, Anacortes Police were dispatched to 22nd Street and N Avenue for a possible domestic violence incident but were unable to locate a vehicle or subjects described in the call. A short time later, an Anacortes Police Officer contacted a female walking along Whistle Lake Road believed to be involved in the call. Upon initial contact, the female subject, later determined to be intoxicated, was uncooperative with the officer who was trying to speak with her. The woman was placed in handcuffs and then a patrol car to be interviewed for her possible involvement in this case after she attempted to strike the officer. Further investigation revealed that the female had engaged in a verbal argument turned physical when she got angry after her husband took her keys from her because she was too drunk to drive. Her husband was struck in the head during the altercation. The woman was ultimately transported to jail on charges of 4th Degree DV Assault and resisting arrest. 

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.

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