Police Beat

A three-car accident on Commercial Ave, at 17th St. highlight this week’s police blotter.

APD responded to a three-car accident at the intersection of Commercial Avenue and 17th Street on Sunday afternoon, April 24. Investigation on scene revealed that two minivans were stopped in the southbound lanes of Commercial for the traffic signal at 17th Street when a Volkswagen sedan rear ended the van in the rear causing it to lurch forward and strike the van in the front. The driver of the sedan told police that he was distracted by a child passenger in the rear of the vehicle and had turned around in his seat to tend to the child. One of the van occupants complained of neck soreness, there were no other reported injuries. The driver of the sedan received infractions for negligent driving and operating a motor vehicle without insurance.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police worked on this week. I will have more items on Monday.

Sunday, April 24

An 18-year old Anacortes man was arrested for DUI on Sunday just after midnight. An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol on R Avenue was advised by another APD Officer that a van was traveling westbound on SR20 at a high rate of speed. The officer paced the vehicle for three blocks on Q Avenue traveling 37mph in the posted 25mph zone. The vehicle was stopped in the 800 block of 29th Street. The driver immediately got out of the vehicle and, with slow, slurred speech, said he was just going home and lived nearby. The officer approached the man to inform him of the reason for the traffic stop and smelled an odor of intoxicants coming from his breath. The driver admitted to a Sergeant who also arrived on scene that he had been drinking earlier that evening. The driver submitted to field sobriety tests and performed poorly by demonstrating poor balance and had a difficult time following simple instructions. The driver was taken into custody on suspicion of DUI, as well as Minor in Possession, and 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended charges as he had a license that had been suspended since January 22nd for unpaid tickets. He was transported to APD where a breath sample yielded results of over the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. The driver was cited and released to a sober adult who arrived at the station. 

Just before 5AM on Sunday, an Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to Copper Pond per the report of a vehicle prowl that had occurred approximately 5 minutes earlier. The officer spoke with the home owner on scene who told him that his car alarm had gone off and he went outside to discover two broken windows and over $1,000 in personal items and electronics had been removed from his vehicle. No suspects were located by police in this incident. 

A Meadows Lane resident contacted police on Sunday afternoon to report damage to the interior of his pickup truck that occurred sometime since Saturday afternoon. Investigation on scene revealed that the unlocked pickup had sustained damage to the driver’s seat, dash, and interior molding. Nothing else appeared to be missing from the vehicle. There are no suspects. 

Monday, April 25

At approximately 10AM on Monday, a local woman came to APD to collect her stolen purse. The woman told the APD Corporal that after she received notice that her purse had been turned in at APD, she realized that it must have been stolen from her unlocked vehicle. Additionally, two other vehicles had been ransacked at her home that evening as well. The woman reported that her purse and some keys were taken during the incident. There are no suspects. 

Tuesday, April 26

On Tuesday morning, just after midnight, a woman called police from an apartment on R Avenue to report that there was a male present who was in violation of a protection order with the tenant. Police arrived on scene and were initially unable to locate the male subject, but later found him hiding nearby. The 32-year old was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Skagit County Jail. The man was charged with violation of a protection order, residential burglary, assault in violation of a protection order, burglary, and domestic violence assault. Investigation on scene revealed that the male had arrived at the apartment, intoxicated, after climbing through an unlocked window. The male stayed at the apartment for some time before initiating a verbal argument with a female who is the protected party in the order. The argument then turned physical and the male grabbed her around the neck multiple times and pushed her to the ground. The woman sustained visible injuries that were consistent with the assault.

Early on Tuesday afternoon an Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to a cold malicious mischief report on the 1100 block of 29th Street. The officer spoke with the reporting party on scene and observed a back window that had been broken out of her vehicle causing approximately $200 in damages. There are no suspects. 

At just after 8PM on Tuesday evening, an Anacortes Police Officer contacted an adult male per the report that he had just been assaulted by his girlfriend. Investigation on scene revealed that the man and his 23-year old girlfriend were driving along and had gotten into an argument and she struck him in the left temple as he was attempting to get out of the vehicle. Police took the woman into custody a short time later and booked her in the Skagit County Jail on a 4th Degree Assault Domestic Violence charge. 

Friday, April 29

Early Friday afternoon, an Anacortes Police Officer took a cold theft report from a local resident. The resident reported that his front license plate had been stolen from his vehicle. He became aware of the incident when he received a toll bill in the mail advising that the license plate was used two weeks prior.

A loose Chihuahua generated three citizen calls to 911 Dispatch over the weekend. Police were unable to locate the elusive Chihuahua, but are hoping the dog returned home safely. 

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

5,302 Confirmed Skagit Cases
460-469 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

350 Hospitalizations
74 Deaths
61,181 Fully Vaccinated
68,746 Initial Doses Given


410,195 Confirmed Cases Statewide
24,930 Hospitalizations

5,810 Deaths Statewide
3,637,611 Fully Vaccinated
4,122,446 Initial Doses Given

Updated 5:00 pm, June 17, 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