Police Beat

A 12-year-old at the Anacortes Middle School was discovered to be carrying a “Vape Pen” smoking device on campus that contained a small amount of marijuana.  

The child claimed that he had brought the pen from home and that it belonged to one of his parents.  In addition to school district action, a misdemeanor charge has been filed with the County Prosecutor’s Office for the possession of marijuana on school property in connection with the event on Wednesday, May 18.

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

Sunday, May 15

The manager of a local market called to ask that the police remove a man and woman from the store because they were suspected of shoplifting in the past.  When the officers arrived and contacted the couple, the woman refused to identify herself.  Another officer arrived on scene and recognized the female suspect as a 27-year-old Sedro-Woolley woman with a Department of Corrections warrant out for her arrest.  The officer placed the woman under arrest and she was led outside to a waiting police car.  She was searched before being placed in the car and officers located methamphetamine, heroin, hash oil and a prescription pill in her pocket.  The woman was ordered not to return to the store, advised that felony drug charges would be filed, and then handed over to the Department of Corrections.  The man was issued a  notice not to return and left on foot. 

Just before 8:33 PM officers were dispatched to a domestic dispute at an address on 28th Street.  Upon arrival they spoke with a 23-year-old Anacortes man who admitted that he had been arguing with his girlfriend, but stated that no physical assault had taken place.  Witnesses at the scene showed the officers holes in the sheetrock walls which were caused by the suspect. The officers also learned that the man had grabbed his girlfriend’s hair and slapped her across the face.  He was taken in to custody, handcuffed and placed in a patrol car.  While en route to the jail the man became more and more agitated, eventually purposely yelling and banging his head against the divider screen in the car.  He managed to gash open his head, producing a bloody mess that required a stop at the hospital for stitches before he was finally booked in to the jail.  He faces charges of Assault in the 4th Degree and Malicious Mischief 3rd Degree, both in violation of the Domestic Violence Protection Act. 

Monday, May 16

At about 7:30 AM an officer stopped a vehicle near the intersection of 24th St and Q Ave after noting that it had registration tabs that expired in March, 2016.  He discovered that the driver was a 40-year-old Anacortes man whose license was suspended in the third degree.  The driver, who has been arrested for driving on a suspended license more than ten times in the past, also had a $5,000 warrant out for his arrest for the same driving violation in Island County.  The officer checked, but neither the Skagit or Island County jail would accept the man for booking due to over-crowding.  He was issued a criminal citation for Driving on a Suspended License in the Third Degree and left the scene on foot. 

An Anacortes resident came in to the office to report being the victim of a scam.  He reported that on May 12th he and his wife had received a phone call advising them that someone named “Andrew” was under arrest in Federal custody in Oklahoma City.  The caller advised that they needed to wire money to Andrew within the next two hours in order to secure his bail and release.  Coincidentally, the couple knew someone named Andrew who had stayed with them for a while.  They wired over $1,800 to a location described by the caller.  Only later did they realize that this was a scam phone call.  They have since spoken with their friend and found that he is fine and has not been arrested.  Researching the phone number used by the scammer reveals that the call likely came from West Africa.  

Tuesday, May 17

At 5:30 in the morning Officers were sent to an address on 3rd Street in Anacortes after a 22-year-old Anacortes man called to report that his 21-year-old girlfriend was tearing things up in their home.  When officers spoke with the man he showed them broken glass and a torn-apart teddy bear; he also stated that his girlfriend had left the house once she realized that he was calling the police, and that she had stated that she was going to claim that he had assaulted her.  Officers found the woman a couple of blocks away.  Sure enough, she claimed to have been struck by her boyfriend.  Further investigation revealed that she was not being truthful and it appeared that a mark on her neck was caused by her rubbing it, not from being struck.  The woman was taken in to custody for Malicious Mischief 3rd Degree in violation of the Domestic Violence Protection Act and booked in to the county jail. 

The ex-wife of a Mount Vernon man called to report that she believed that he was intoxicated and likely driving in Anacortes, both of which were violations of his probation conditions.  Officers searched for the suspect, but did not locate the vehicle that she described.  Later in the morning the ex-wife called back to report that she was in contact with the man’s probation officer.  At approximately 11:30 AM a warrant came out for the man’s arrest based upon information given to the Probation Officer and the fact that the suspect was uncooperative when the probation officer called him to ask him to go to the police department and submit to a breath test. Shortly thereafter Anacortes officers located the man and arrested him based upon the warrant.  He was transported to the county jail and booked.  At the time of his arrest it was apparent that he had been drinking alcohol.  

A Bellingham man called the police after an accident involving his parked van at the Washington State Ferry Terminal.  He told dispatchers that a man had been loading a large excavator on to a truck and that the piece of equipment had struck his van, causing significant damage. Further, he said that when he tried to speak with the person responsible for the accident he was ignored, and that the truck and excavator were now in line to get on the ferry.  Officers contacted the driver of the large truck, who told them that the person who had been driving the excavator was the owner of construction company that had rented the piece of equipment.  He had already left the area, but was available by phone.  The officers contacted the 60-year-old construction company owner and had him return to the scene.  The owner was argumentative, demanding that the truck and excavator be allowed to board the ferry. He also initially claimed that he was not responsible for the damage to the van.  Eventually, he acknowledged that he was responsible, but he refused to produce his identification.  The officers explained his legal obligation to identify himself and he again refused.  Finally, one of the officers directed him to produce his identification or he would be arrested.  Again, the man refused and he was advised he was under arrest.  He became combative when the officers moved to place him in handcuffs.  Both officers were eventually able to wrestle him in to handcuffs after he was taken to the ground.  He was searched, advised of his rights, and then placed in to a police car.  After he was properly identified and all of the required paperwork was completed the suspect was released. He has a future court date for the charge of Obstructing a Law Enforcement Officer, in addition to being found responsible for the accident with the van. 

A 35-year-old Anacortes man was charged with Robbery and Kidnapping after Anacortes officers received reports that he had used a knife to threaten and coerce a local man into trying to illegally obtain prescription drugs for him.  He also took the man’s car and was later arrested on a separate matter in Mount Vernon while driving it.  He was booked in to the Skagit County Jail and is currently being held on $200,000 bail. 

Thursday, May 19

Anacortes Officer Ray and his Narcotics K-9, T-Bone, were on patrol and made a traffic stop on a vehicle with expired registration tabs on March’s Point Road.  The driver of the van admitted that he had purchased the vehicle last year, but that he had not put the vehicle in his name yet, so it was still registered to the previous owner.  In Washington, you have 45 days to change the title of a vehicle that you purchase in to your name, or you can be arrested.  Officer Ray placed the driver of the van, a 48-year-old Anacortes man, under arrest for Failure to Transfer Title.  Officer Ray deployed T-Bone around the outside of the vehicle and the dog indicated that drugs were present.  The van was searched with the permission of the driver and a glass smoking pipe and a small amount of methamphetamine were discovered inside.  The driver admitted that the items were his; he was released after being told that felony drug charges would be filed through the prosecutor’s office.  

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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