Police Beat

This week's police blotter leads off with the arrerst of a man who was nude from the waist down and who ended up in jail charged with disorderly conduct, indecent exposure and resisting arrest.

Thursday, June 16

A little after 3PM on Thursday APD Officers were advised of a partially nude man in the area of 29th Street and K Avenue. A short while later, based on a vehicle and suspect description, an officer made contact with the male in the 700 block of 28th Street. The 46-year old was sitting in his vehicle at the time contact was made and was only wearing clothing on the upper half of his body. The male failed to comply with officer commands to exit the vehicle and was removed from his vehicle and placed into handcuffs on the side of the road by APD Officers. After successfully placing him in a patrol car, he was transported to the Skagit County Jail and booked on charges of Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest, Indecent Exposure, and 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended. 

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

Saturday, June 18

APD took a theft complaint from a local boat supply company early Saturday afternoon. The reporting party stated that a $200 fishing reel had been stolen from the store the previous day. There are no suspects. 

An Anacortes Police Officer made a traffic stop on 13th Street after observing a vehicle traveling 42mph in a 30mph zone on D Avenue on Saturday evening. A driver’s check of the 20-year old male driver revealed that his license was suspended as of the 10th of June. He was taken into custody for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended and issued a citation for Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Insurance as he was not able to provide proof of insurance. He was then released from the scene. 

Monday, June 20

Early Monday morning, a little after 4:00, a 51-year old Anacortes man was contacted by police for speeding on Oakes Avenue. The SUV was occupied by the male driver and an adult woman. A records check of the driver and vehicle led to the discovery of a no contact order between the man and woman with the woman listed as the protected party in the order. The officer returned to the vehicle and took the driver in to custody and transported him to the Skagit County Jail where he was booked on a felony Violation of a No Contact Order.

A 59-year old Anacortes man totaled his vehicle on the 3500 block of M Avenue on Monday morning a little after 8:30. The crash was investigated by APD Officers who determined that the vehicle overturned after striking a parked car. Officers spoke with the driver who had been transported by medics to the hospital for possible injuries. Though the driver did not smell of alcohol, his speech was labored and sometimes unintelligible. He provided a voluntary blood sample which was sent to the lab for processing to determine if the driver was under the influence at the time of the incident. 

On Monday afternoon at approximately 3PM, an Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to Washington Park per the report of 5 individuals who appeared to be under the influence of drugs. An officer made contact with and identified all involved parties on Loop Road. The individuals apologized for causing a disturbance and were asked to leave the park per a park employee’s request. A records check revealed that two male subjects, a 43-year old from Burlington and a 25-year old from Oak Harbor, had warrants for their arrest and they were contacted at the end of Loop Road and both were taken into custody. The Oak Harbor man had provided a falsified last name at the initial time of contact which resulted in an additional charge of Making a False Statement to a Public Servant. Both men were transported to the police department and booked and released on their warrants. 

Tuesday, June 21

An Anacortes Police Corporal responded to a call that was initially thought to be a burglary just before 4AM on Tuesday. A local hotel guest called 911 when someone broke the window to gain entry into his room. Upon arrival on scene, a 21-year old Oak Harbor man, later determined to be the suspect, waved the Corporal down to tell him that he was trying to find someone to warn about an electrical fire. The fire was determined to be non-existent and the man was arrested and charged with 1st Degree Trespassing and later released to a family member. 

Wednesday, June 22

A little before noon on Wednesday, an APD Officer spoke with a resident on L Avenue to take a vehicle prowl report. Per the victim, someone had smashed the driver’s door window of her vehicle sometime the previous evening to gain access to her wallet containing a small amount of cash and miscellaneous bank cards. There are no suspects. 

In the early afternoon hours on Wednesday, APD took a report from a local resident who reported that two weeks previous he had purchased a virus/malware protection software online after a popup advertisement appeared on his computer. Earlier that day, the man received a phone call from someone representing the software company asking for remote access to the man’s computer so he could refund his money for the purchase of the software. The caller then asserted that he would reimburse him the money he had paid for the software but had made a mistake and provided over $2,000 more than the original purchase price, an amount that he, the potential victim and reporting party, could send back to the caller via an overseas wire transfer. The reporting party then recognized that the call was a scam and unplugged his computer from the internet. He was advised to take his computer in to a qualified technician to have the hard drive wiped to remove the remote access software and other malware that may have been installed by the suspect. 

Thursday, June 23

A 33-year old Burlington woman was arrested at the scene of a motor vehicle crash at 22nd Street and R Avenue on Thursday afternoon. The woman had been driving a Ford sedan and struck the rear of a semi tractor-trailer, causing approximately $3,000 in damage to her vehicle. On scene investigation revealed that the woman had a warrant for Obstructing a Law Enforcement Officer out of Mount Vernon and a Burlington Municipal Court Warrant for Allowing an Unauthorized Person to Drive. She was booked and released at the scene for her warrants and issued a citation for Following Too Close. 

Just after 8PM on Thursday evening, APD Officers contacted a 28-year old female from Friday Harbor who was driving from the ferry landing on Ferry Terminal Road. Police were dispatched to the area per a report they had received from a ferry employee who urged the woman not to drive due to suspicion that the woman had been drinking. The woman disregarded the employee, drove off anyway, and was pulled over by an APD Officer in the 5300 block of Ferry Terminal Road after he observed the vehicle traveling several feet with a right turn signal on and not turning. 

The woman was told of the reason for the stop and was unable to explain why she had her turn signal on. She smelled of alcohol and had watery, bloodshot eyes. When asked how much she had to drink, the woman admitted that she had been drinking at a local restaurant and agreed to take voluntary roadside tests which she failed, exhibiting poor balance and the inability to follow simple instructions. A voluntary breath sample yielded results of over three times the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. The woman was taken into custody for DUI and later booked in the Skagit County Jail for DUI and Open Container as a result of a partially empty bottle of spiced rum that was found in her vehicle. 

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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