Police Beat

Anacortes Police responded to an alarm issued by a Commercial Ave. bank Friday afternoon, prompting a highly-visible response involving multiple police vehicles.

Anacortes Officers were toned out (via emergency alarm) to a bank in the 1400 block of Commercial Avenue (ed: Skagit Bank is located at 1400 Commercial Ave) just before 2PM on Friday afternoon, July 8, per a removal request they received from bank staff. Initial reports stated that a female subject had locked herself into the safe deposit room and she had a knife. Further investigation revealed that the woman had a small tool in her hand and did not pose a risk to others. She was transported by ambulance to the hospital to be evaluated. The woman is not facing criminal charges.  

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

Saturday, July 2

On Saturday evening at approximately 8:40PM, an Anacortes Police Corporal in her vehicle at the Police Department observed a vehicle traveling approximately 10-15 miles over the posted 25mph speed limit on 24th Street. The vehicle then drove through the stop sign at 24th Street and M Avenue, turned northbound on M and ran the stop sign at 22nd and M Avenue before the Corporal caught up with the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop in the 1200 block of 22nd Street. The 27-year old Oak Harbor woman driving the vehicle was unable to provide any documentation the Corporal asked for, but a driver’s check returned that the woman had a suspended driver’s license since August 2011 for habitual offender. Further, the Corporal observed an open can of Coors Light and the sedan smelled of alcohol. The driver had a difficult time focusing on simple instructions provided during field sobriety tests and was not able to maintain balance as required by the tests. A preliminary breath test yielded results of over twice the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. The woman was arrested for DUI and transported to the hospital for a blood draw, then to the Skagit County Jail where she was booked for DUI, 1st Degree Driving With License Suspended, Operating a Vehicle Without an Ignition Interlock, and Possession of a Legend Drug Without a Prescription. 

Sunday, July 3

Just after 6PM on Sunday, APD Officers responded to the 7600 block of SR 20 per the report of fight in the area and the suspect was departing on a bicycle. An officer contacted the suspect riding along S. Fidalgo Bay Road and spoke with her about the incident. Officers on scene discovered that the suspect had swiped at and struck her ex-boyfriend’s girlfriend and the victim wished to pursue charges. A search incident to arrest yielded the discovery of a lighter, scale, and methamphetamine pipe as well as a glass tube containing methamphetamine. The woman was released from the scene after being informed of charges that would be referred for Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and 4th Degree Assault. 

A little before 11PM Sunday an Anacortes Police Corporal on patrol in the 900 block of Fidalgo Avenue observed a vehicle stopped in the middle of the Fidalgo/Commercial Avenue intersection despite not having a stop sign. The vehicle then passed in front of the Corporal and he observed that it had an Oregon license plate on the front and a Washington plate on the rear. The Corporal initiated a traffic stop and the 25-year old Oak Harbor man driving the vehicle provided a Washington ID card and explained that the vehicle belonged to his boss. A driver’s check revealed that the man had a suspended license since February 2016. He was placed under arrested and cited and released for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended. 

Monday, July 4

Just before 2AM on Monday, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol near 22nd Street and M Avenue observed a vehicle with an expired registration as of December 2015. The officer initiated a traffic stop in the 3200 block of M Avenue and the 42-year old Anacortes driver advised that he had purchased the vehicle recently and had not purchased new tabs. Additionally, the driver admitted that he did not have a valid driver’s license and it had been expired for some time. A routine driver’s check revealed that his license had been suspended since 2009. The officer also discovered that the driver had two misdemeanor warrants. The man was taken into custody and transported to APD where he was cited for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended and booked and released from the scene on his warrants. 

At approximately 1:20 on Monday afternoon, an Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to Field Avenue per the report of a possible domestic in progress. Police arrived on scene and spoke with an adult male who stated that he and his wife got into an argument and she scratched his forehead and nose and broke a ceramic bowl during a physical altercation but was no longer at the house. The woman later agreed to meet with an officer and provided her side of the story, which was consistent with the information her husband had provided. She was taken into custody and booked in the Skagit County Jail on charges of 3rd Degree Malicious Mischief DV and 4th Degree Domestic Violence Assault. 

Tuesday, July 5

Just after midnight on Tuesday morning, a uniformed APD Corporal in his marked patrol car contacted the driver of a pickup in the 3800 block of Oakes Avenue for an inoperable headlight. A routine driver’s check revealed that the 46-year old had a suspended license since February 2015 for failure to appear on unpaid tickets. The driver was also required to have an interlock in his vehicle which was not present. The Corporal noticed that the driver’s eyes were bloodshot and watery and asked if he would take some voluntary field sobriety tests. The driver took the roadside tests, and had a difficult time following instructions and maintaining good balance. He also submitted to a voluntary breath test which yielded results of over the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. The driver was taken into custody and transported to APD for DUI processing. He was later booked in the Skagit County Jail on charges of DUI and Driving With License Suspended as well as No Ignition Interlock. 

Wednesday, July 6

A 22-year old Anacortes man was arrested and booked in the Skagit County Jail on Wednesday afternoon on a warrant for Criminal Trespassing 1st Degree. The man was contacted at Little Cranberry Lake after APD received a report of people drinking in the area. An APD Sergeant and Officer responded to speak with the individuals, and the suspect told them that he had a warrant which was later confirmed. The other parties emptied their alcohol containers and departed the area. 

Thursday, July 7

A little after 11:00 on Thursday morning an Anacortes Police Corporal was dispatched to Cap Sante Marina on Q Avenue per the report of a road rage incident. The Corporal and an additional officer responded to the scene and then contacted two male delivery drivers on 30th Street between V and W Avenues. Investigation on scene revealed that the two men exchanged words over a bad parking job which escalated and resulted in the two drivers pulling to the side of the road and getting involved in a physical altercation between their trucks. Both were cited for Disorderly Conduct and released from the scene.  

Friday, July 8

An APD Corporal took a report from an H Avenue resident on Friday morning in the front lobby. The resident reported that numerous trash items and bottles had been deposited in the driveway (of an address APD isn’t reporting) recently and last night someone had lit fireworks in the mailbox. The home owner requested extra police patrols in the area. 

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

567 Skagit Cases (+9)
<30 Cases in ZIP 98221

60 Hospitalizations (+0)
16 Deaths (+0)
454 Recovered
12,653 Tested
4.5% Positive

37,941 Cases Statewide (+521)
4,630 Hospitalizations (+42)

1,394 Deaths Statewide (+10)
645,072 Total Tests Statewide
5.9% Positive

Updated 7:00 pm July 8, 2020.

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