Police Beat

An unnamed Anacortes man was reported missing on Thursday and, even though authorities discovered his truck near Larrabee State Park, he has not been located.

A family member of a 46-year-old Anacortes man reported to the police that they were concerned for the man’s welfare after not hearing from him for a number of days. After checking with the man’s housemates and finding that they had no idea where he was either, a missing person’s report was completed and an Attempt to Locate was broadcast in Skagit and surrounding counties.  The next day Whatcom county authorities discovered the man’s truck parked in near Larrabee State Park and Whatcom County Search and Rescue personnel began searching the area.  So far, they have come across several people who recall seeing the man with his truck earlier in the week, but they have not yet located the missing person. Efforts continue. 

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

Monday, May 23

Officer Scott Ray and narcotics K9 T-Bone were requested to assist federal authorities with a routine search for drugs aboard a ship at the Port of Anacortes.  The ship, which had come from Japan, through South America and was bound for Canada, was thoroughly inspected.  No drugs were located. 

Just before 9 PM Anacortes Officers were alerted that Swinomish Tribal Officers were pursuing a black Pontiac coupe west on Hwy 20 at better than 100 MPH.  The car reportedly moved on to the shoulder of the road and passed cars stopped for a red light at a high rate of speed in an effort to get away from the pursuing officers.  An Anacortes officer parked near Hwy 20 and R Ave. and observed the speeding vehicle as it approached the roundabout on Commercial Avenue.   Activating his lights and siren, he pursued the vehicle as it tried to elude him.  Upon realizing that he could not get away, the 23-year-old Anacortes man driving the car came to a stop on 34th Street.  Anacortes and Swinomish Tribal Officers took him in to custody.  He told officers that he fled because he thought that he had a warrant out for his arrest.  A records check revealed no warrant…his car was impounded and he was booked in to the county jail on charges of Felony Attempting to Elude a Pursuing Police Vehicle as well as Reckless Driving.  

Tuesday, May 24 

Officers were tied up for some time when a semi-truck and trailer became stuck while making the turn from R Ave on to Eastbound Highway 20.  The lowest portion of the low-slung trailer ground to a stop on the high point of the roadway and the vehicle was stuck until a tow could arrive to move it off.  To make matters worse, a pickup truck that went around the stuck vehicle drove over a low concrete barrier and punctured two of its tires.  Officers directed traffic until the Washington State Patrol arrived to take over the incident. 

An officer was dispatched to check on a juvenile male that had been lying in the grass near the library motionless for quite some time.  He contacted the 14-year-old Sedro-Woolley resident and found that he was asleep, but healthy.  A records check showed that his family had reported the young man as a juvenile runaway. In addition, he also had a warrant out for his arrest for failing to appear on a prior court date involving a felony assault charge.  He was taken in to custody and booked in to the county juvenile detention center.  Subsequently, it was found that the bike the juvenile had with him when he was arrested was stolen.  

Wednesday, May 25

Officers responded to a residence on 24th Street after a domestic assault was reported.  Their investigation led to the arrest of a 19-year-old Anacortes woman after it was revealed that she had thrown a plastic drink bottle at her boyfriend and further physically assaulted him.  The argument erupted after the man told the woman that he had decided to end their relationship.  The woman was booked in to the county jail on a charge of Assault in the 4th Degree – Domestic Violence. 

As an officer drove down Commercial Avenue she recognized an 18-year-old Anacortes man walking along the sidewalk in the 2900 block.  A quick records check revealed that the man had a misdemeanor warrant out for his arrest for failing to appear in court on a theft charge.  The officer turned her patrol car around to go back and talk to the man and he immediately took off running. The officer exited her car and yelled for him to stop and that he was under arrest.  Instead, he continued running toward some apartments located along R Ave.  Officers contacted a known associate of the man who lived in the apartment complex and discovered that he was hiding upstairs in her apartment.  The suspect was taken in to custody on his warrant as well as a new charge of resisting arrest.  While searching the man they discovered that he was carrying a card that belonged to his mother. When questioned, he admitted that he had contacted his mom and she had given him the card.  Investigation revealed that there is currently a court order prohibiting him from having contact with his mother.  That information was passed to the Sheriff’s office, as the violation would likely have occurred in their jurisdiction.  

Thursday, May 26

At about 9:30 AM an officer recognized a 21-year-old Anacortes woman walking along Skyline Way.  She recalled that the woman had several warrants out for her arrest.  The officer stopped and arrested the woman, who was found to have five outstanding misdemeanor warrants for charges that included driving on a suspended license, disorderly conduct, theft in the third degree and criminal trespass.  The officer searched her and discovered a burnt metal spoon, small cotton balls with a dark residue, and six syringes; all items consistent with illicit drug use.  Despite the new charges and the outstanding warrants, the woman could not be booked in to the county jail due to overcrowding.  She was issued a citation for the new charges and given new court dates before being released.  The confiscated items were booked as evidence. 

Friday, May 27

The manager of a local market called to report that he suspected that a man in the store had shoplifted something. The officer that responded observed the suspect pay for something and then begin to walk out of the store.  It was obvious that he had something hidden under his jacket.  Upon being questioned he admitted that he had stolen a 22-ounce bottle of beer. He stated that he had stolen it because it was after 2:00 AM, so he could not legally buy it.  The officer issued the 32-year-old Anacortes resident a citation for Theft in the 3rd Degree and also a trespass notice barring him from the store for a year.  The beer was returned to the shelf. 

A skateboarding 27-year-old Anacortes man drew the attention of an alert officer in the downtown area at about 7:20 PM.  The officer recognized the man as a convicted felon with a history of fighting with the police as well as drug crimes.  He also knew that the man had a felony warrant out for his arrest. The suspect took off running and made several twists and turns through alleyways before being cornered in a parking lot behind a downtown bar.  He was ordered to the ground and taken in to custody.  A search of his person revealed that he was carrying used syringes and other drug paraphernalia.  He was booked in to the county jail on the $10,000 bail felony warrant and was issued citations for the new charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Obstructing a Law Enforcement Officer. 

Sunday, May 29

An officer on bicycle patrol came across an occupied vehicle parked in a cul-de-sac in the industrial area near 33rd Street and V Ave. at about 12:30 in the morning.  As he approached the car he smelled burning marijuana.  He contacted the two 18-year-old young men who were in the car and, while speaking with them, could see a partially hidden baggie of marijuana in the car.  The driver of the car admitted that the marijuana was his and he was placed under arrest.  A search of the vehicle turned up another small baggy of marijuana, which the driver also acknowledged owning.  The driver was cited and released for Unlawful Possession of Marijuana and officers remained in the area until the two subjects left.  

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