Police Beat

(Updated) A citizen turned in a small parakeet to APD after finding him in the Storvik Park area this week.  Police and Municipal Court staff are enjoying the bird’s company while waiting for an owner to identify him.  

Saturday, August 6

Early Saturday afternoon, APD took a stolen vehicle report from a boater who returned to a marina on Q Avenue after he was out on the water for two weeks. The vehicle owner provided a description of his hatchback and stated that it had been stolen sometime since August 22. A short time after a stolen motor vehicle report was submitted, the responding officer received a call from the Island County Sheriff’s Office that they had recovered the vehicle. The owner was advised of this and told to contact Island County Sheriff’s Office to recover his car. 

Monday, August 8

Just after 3:30 AM on Monday, APD Officers were dispatched to the 800 block of 24th Street per the report of a male and female yelling at each other. An Anacortes Police Corporal contacted two individuals known to be associated with the 24th Street residence a few blocks away, one of which was a 30-year old man who stated that he got into an argument with his mother who came at him with a hammer. The Corporal then spoke with the mother at the residence who stated that she was in a fight with her son and had grabbed a hammer to protect herself but had not used it to strike him though he had thrown her against the wall and shook her. The woman had scratches and marks consistent with her report. The son was taken into custody and transported to the Skagit County Jail where he was booked on a 4th Degree Assault Domestic Violence charge. 

A West 6th Street resident contacted APD on Monday afternoon to report that their unlocked vehicle had been entered sometime overnight and a wallet and miscellaneous personal items had been removed. In addition, the perpetrator entered the garage and removed several hundred dollars’ worth of clothing and electronics. There are no suspects in this case. 

APD responded to a call of a woman in crisis on Monday afternoon. An APD Corporal was the first on the scene and ran a records check on the occupants of the home before contacting them, discovering that there was an active no contact order in place between a mother and daughter associated with the residence. The Corporal contacted the daughter on foot a short distance away and detained her in handcuffs. Further investigation revealed that the 41-year old had entered the home and, when the mother threatened to call police, slammed the front door causing a picture frame to fall and break. The daughter was transported to the Skagit County Jail where she was booked on an investigative hold for a Felony No Contact Order Violation and Residential Burglary.   

Security at Cap Sante Marina reported a disturbance involving two young women on the docks.  One of the women was described as having blue dyed hair and a purple skirt. An officer observed the woman and her friend in the marina parking lot.  The 19 year old blue-haired woman appeared to be highly intoxicated and had trouble walking and answering questions.  Her 19 year old friend told officers that they had been at the marina to “jump” in the water.  After some further investigation the blue haired woman was cited and released for Minor Consuming Alcohol. Her sober friend promised to drive the blue haired woman home.  

A 53 year old man was arrested for Investigation of Assault 2nd DVPA after a neighbor reported hearing a women yell, “you almost killed me.”  Officers responded to the 1600 block of Skyline Way and contacted a 50 year old woman and her 53 year old husband. Both had obvious signs of being in a physical fight.  The woman reported that during the fight the man had grabbed her around the neck causing her to be unable to breath for 10 seconds.  The man reportedly told officers that he had grabbed his wife. 

Tuesday, August 9

An officer observed a SB vehicle in the 400 block of “O” Ave. traveling at 39mph in a 25mph zone. He stopped the vehicle for speeding and the 23 year old driver told him she had been drinking in a downtown establishment earlier in the evening and had decided to sleep in her car. She awoke and decided to drive home.  The officer asked the woman to perform field sobriety tests, and she failed them. She had a blood alcohol level over 1.5 times the legal limit. Because of a prior DUI arrest the woman was booked into the Skagit County Jail.  

A resident in the 2700 block of Dundee Pl. reported a purse was taken from an unlocked vehicle overnight. The purse contained her identification and identification for her children. The purse was turned in later in the day. The only thing missing was a pack of cigarettes.  

A 25 year old Anacortes woman reported  being stalked by an elderly man in the downtown area near 6th and Commercial Ave.  She reported an elderly man would drive up in his car as she was walking on the sidewalk and ask her how to get to Washington Park.  After giving him directions the man made strange and somewhat disturbing comments, asking her to go with him.  She reported over the past several months this had occurred on three occasions. She believed the man does not recognize her from previous contacts. Police are well acquainted with the elderly man who has been warned about his behavior in the past and will be warned again.

A 24 year old La Conner woman will face charges possession of a narcotic, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving without a valid license after a routine traffic stop on SR 20. An officer observed the woman was not wearing a seatbelt as she turned onto Reservation Rd. from Stevenson Rd.  After stopping and identifying her, a warrant was discovered for her arrest for theft 3rd. She was transported to APD for arrest processing. A search of her purse pursuant to her arrest turned up some suspected oxycodone tablets and drug paraphernalia. The woman did not have a prescription for the drug, nor was it packaged in prescription packaging.  

Wednesday, August 10

An 18 year old Anacortes man was arrested on a warrant for possession of marijuana (under age 21) following a routine traffic stop in the 3400 block of “O” Ave.  During a search of the man during the arrest, the officer discovered a small plastic bag with suspected small amount of methamphetamine in it.  The suspected drugs were sent to the crime lab for confirmation. The young man faces possible felony drug charges. 

A business in the 12000 block of Christianson Rd. (at Highway 20) reported that they allowed an elderly woman to use the business restroom and an employee observed the woman handling the wallet of one of the employees in the break room.  After checking and discovering $280 in cash missing from the wallet, the employees confronted the woman. She left the business in a hurry after denying the theft.  An officer tracked the woman down, and she admitted to the theft. She returned the cash and the victim declined to press charges.  

Thursday, August 11

Police responded to a fight in progress in front of a business in the 1700 block of 12th St.  On arrival witnesses advised that two adults were there to facilitate the visitation of two small children. The mother of the children arrived and became angry that the children’s father brought his girlfriend. She is seen on store video approaching and assaulting the woman.  The 27 year old suspect was gone on police arrival however she will receive a criminal summons for disorderly conduct. The victim declined prosecution.  

Friday, August 12

Officers were dispatched to a vehicle collision on SR 20 Spur at the service Rd. On arrival an 18 year old Anacortes man identified himself as the driver of the vehicle.   The 1993 blue Acura the man was driving had struck the Jersey barrier and had extensive damage.  Investigation determined the man was driving under the influence of alcohol.  He was arrested for DUI after refusing medical treatment.  

Saturday, August 13

A 24 year old Anacortes woman was arrested for DUI after an officer stopped the vehicle she was driving on Oakes Ave near Erie Ave. for traveling in excess of 45mph in a 30mph zone.  The women displayed signs of obvious intoxication and failed physical sobriety tests. She had a blood alcohol level over double of the legal limit.  She was arrested for DUI and released to her husband pending arraignment.  

Police are hoping to identify the persons who overturned multiple porta potties in the area of 4400 Schooner Dr.  The porta potties were tipped over and some were drug out into the roadway.  Officers have noticed in uptick in late night malicious mischief and vehicle prowls in the area and would appreciate the public’s help in reporting suspicious late night activity. 

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

4,942 Confirmed Skagit Cases
400-409 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

318 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
44,613 Fully Vaccinated
57,198 Initial Doses Given


379,100 Confirmed Cases Statewide
22,614 Hospitalizations

5,539 Deaths Statewide
2,419,434 Fully Vaccinated
3,368,279 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, May 5, 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