Police Beat

A woman yelling that people were trying to kill her got the attention of the police just a block from the police station. 

At approximately 10:30 Tuesday morning, Anacortes Police Officers were dispatched to the National Guard Armory north of the police station per the report of a woman in her car yelling that people were trying to kill her. Officers arrived on scene to speak with the woman who uttered several statements about time travel and alternate universes. After speaking with the woman for several minutes and nonsensical statements continued, it was determined that she would need to be taken into custody for her protection. The woman was initially compliant with officer commands, but began to resist when asked to put her hands behind her back so handcuffs could be applied. Once handcuffs were applied, the woman was placed in a patrol car and transported to a hospital for a mental health evaluation. 

Here are the other cases Anacortes Police reported on this week.

Saturday, July 16

A little after 2AM on Saturday, APD was dispatched to a home on 13th Street for a domestic call. Police arrived on scene and spoke with a woman who reported that her boyfriend had arrived a short time earlier and had a brief verbal argument with her young adult daughter. During the course of the argument, the male subject picked up the daughter and threw her on the coach before departing the residence in his vehicle. An officer made a traffic stop on the subject’s vehicle a short time later in the 2300 block of R Avenue and he was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Skagit County Jail on an Assault 4th Degree Domestic Violence charge. 

A local church representative contacted police on Saturday morning to report that there was an attempted burglary at his church, located on 29th Street. The responding APD Officer arrived on scene and discovered glass adjacent to the door had been broken out, but no entry was gained to the building. The incident was thought to have occurred sometime after 7PM Friday evening. There were no witnesses and there are no suspects. 

Late Saturday morning, a man contacted police to report that he had left his backpack in his unlocked pickup for approximately 10 minutes while he went into a local boat supply store to purchase a part for his boat. When he returned, he noticed that the backpack containing his wallet and various paperwork and electronics was missing from the passenger’s seat. There are no suspects. 

An APD Officer on patrol contacted the driver of a Chevy sedan on Saturday night at approximately 11:20PM for displaying expired registration tabs as of November 2015. The driver was stopped in the 800 block of 28th Street. The officer immediately smelled a strong odor of intoxicants coming from the vehicle and the woman’s breath, and her eyes were watery and droopy. She agreed to take voluntary roadside tests and on one part of the test was only able to maintain balance on one foot for 1 second, though she was instructed to balance until told to stop. The woman was taken into custody for DUI and transported to APD to be processed. She provided a breath test that was over three times the legal limit. She was cited for DUI and Failure to Renew Registration Greater Than Two Months and released to a family member. 

Sunday, July 17

APD received a report of a stolen crab pot and rubber hose from a boat slip on Q Avenue. The reporting party stated that he put the pot out at his slip and the items were missing upon his return. There are no suspects. 

A 23-year old Anacortes man was taken into custody by an Anacortes Police Officer on Sunday afternoon in the 2100 block of Commercial Avenue. The officer on patrol was familiar with the subject and a records check returned with two warrants, one out of the Superior Court for Possession of a Controlled Substance and one out of the Anacortes Municipal Court for Trespassing. The officer transported the subject to the Skagit County Jail where he was booked on his warrants. 

Monday, July 18

Just before 1:30 on Monday afternoon, APD Officers were dispatched to the 1700 block of 12th Street per the report of a dispute between a boyfriend and girlfriend. Investigation on scene revealed that the couple had a disagreement over some alcohol that the boyfriend purchased and intended to consume that afternoon. The boyfriend grabbed the woman’s marijuana pipe and broke it on the ground. The girlfriend then grabbed his pipe and threw it at the car windshield, cracking it in the process. The female subject was taken into custody and booked in the Skagit County Jail on a Malicious Mischief 3rd Degree-Domestic Violence charge. 

Early Monday afternoon, an Anacortes resident reported that the license plates from her vehicle had been stolen whilst parked in the 800 block of 23rd Street. There are no suspects. 

Tuesday, July 19

At 2:36 Tuesday morning, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol in the 7600 block of SR 20 observed an occupied sedan parked in the Country Corner restaurant parking lot after normal hours of operation. The officer contacted a male who was sleeping in the driver’s seat of the vehicle. The officer recognized the male as someone he had spoken to before about sleeping in his vehicle within city limits which is not allowed. When asked to identify himself, the male provided a fictitious name which was later discovered by the officer. When asked why he would do this, he stated that his girlfriend is pregnant and he was scared to go to jail and miss the birth of the child. He was taken into custody and charged with Making a False or Misleading Statement to a Public Servant and booked in the jail on his new charge and four outstanding warrants. 

At just after 6AM on Tuesday, Anacortes Police took a report of a stolen SUV that had been parked overnight near the library. The victim had left the keys and some clothing near the front of his house the previous evening and noticed the vehicle was gone when he went to go to work early Tuesday morning. In the early afternoon hours on Tuesday, APD received a suspicious report from a local church on the 1600 block of 29th Street that an SUV was parked in the far back corner of the parking lot near a church bus. Officers arrived on scene to process the vehicle for any evidence left behind, and later turned it over to the rightful owner.  

Just before 8AM on Tuesday, an Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Commercial Avenue per the report of stolen potted flowers valued at approximately $80. The reporting party stated that this is the second time this month that flowers had been stolen from the area. There are no suspects. 

Over $2,000 worth of construction tools were reported stolen from a secured residence under construction on D Avenue. The tools had been used the day before by contractors but were missing when they arrived to the work site on Tuesday morning. There are no suspects in this case.   

An N Avenue resident contacted police on Tuesday morning to report that someone had entered her unlocked vehicle the night before and stolen some sunglasses and a small, portable speaker. There are no suspects. 

Wednesday, July 20

APD Officers were dispatched to a domestic call in the 800 block of 24th Street a little before 6PM on Wednesday. The reporting party stated that her ex-boyfriend had struck her and he had left the area on foot. In speaking with the reporting party and suspect, it was determined that the two had been in a verbal argument, then went to a room upstairs where the male subject began throwing things around the room. The argument continued to escalate and the male struck the female in the neck with a cloth bag and she struck him with her fist. The male subject was contacted in the 2400 block of Q Avenue and arrested for Assault 4th Degree—Domestic Violence. An officer searched the suspect and his backpack incident to arrest and discovered drug paraphernalia, a baggie containing methamphetamine, an Oxycodone pill, and three metal throwing stars. The male subject is also facing charges of Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Dangerous Weapons. He was booked into the Skagit County Jail without incident. 

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.