Police Beat

Police took a 61-year-old woman into protective custody for a mental health evaluation after she took a stroller with a young child in it.

Just after noon on Thursday, Sept. 15, APD Officers were dispatched to the 1100 block of 6th Street per the report of a half-dressed woman running down the street. Police arrived in the area and spoke with an upset woman standing with her young grandchild in a baby stroller. The woman told officers that she was approached by a woman who said “this is my baby”, grabbed the stroller, and ran off with it. The woman was able to grab the child out of the stroller after a short distance but the woman continued down the street with the stroller. Police contacted the 61-year old woman who took the stroller and she said she took the stroller because she didn’t like it. In speaking with the woman, she offered other non-sensical statements as well and asserted that the child was hers, though it was not. Officers placed the woman in protective custody and transported her to the hospital for a mental health evaluation. 

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

Saturday, September 10

Just before midnight on Saturday evening, APD Officers contacted the driver of an SUV at 26th and Commercial. The officer observed the vehicle tailgating the car in front of it with its high beams on. Further, the SUV had a partially obscured license plate. The officer walked up to the vehicle after making a traffic stop and it was slowly moving forward. The driver thought it was in park, but after a few moments, with slurred speech, stated that it was in neutral. The officer immediately noticed a strong smell of alcohol coming from the vehicle and asked the 40-year old Anacortes man if he had been drinking. He stated that he started drinking at 6PM that evening at a bar in the Seattle area. The man agreed to take roadside sobriety tests, performing poorly with lack of balance and difficulty following instructions throughout. He was taken into custody for DUI and transported to the police department where a breath sample was taken that yielded results of nearly twice the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle, .08 blood alcohol content.  He was cited and released from the APD to a sober family member. 

Sunday, September 11

Just before 4PM on Sunday afternoon, APD Officers contacted a 28-year old Anacortes man in the 1100 block of O Avenue after they received a report from a local retail store representative who wanted the man banned from the store for yelling at other patrons. Based on a description provided, officers contacted the man and asked him to stop. The subject ignored officer commands and was arrested and charged with obstructing and resisting arrest and banned from the store where he had been yelling at customers. He was transported to jail and booked on his charges. 

At 11PM on Sunday night, a state ferry passenger contacted police to report that his pickup had been stolen sometime since Friday afternoon when he parked it to go on a short trip. Approximately 3 hours after the report, APD took a call from Mount Vernon PD confirming that the vehicle had been located within their city limits and the owner was on his way to pick up his vehicle which appeared to be undamaged. 

Monday, September 12

A 29-year old Anacortes woman was driving her sedan just after midnight on Monday morning when an APD Officer pulled her over for a broken taillight. The woman told the officer that she was aware of the broken taillight and informed him that she had never had a license because she got too many tickets when she had her driver’s permit and the Department of Licensing would not issue one to her. In addition to not having her license, a records check also revealed that she had a warrant out of the Anacortes Municipal Court for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended. She was taken into custody, cited for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended, and booked and released on her warrant before being transported to her home within city limits. 

A 41-year old Anacortes man was banned from a local thrift store after being caught stealing a small value item from the store shelves. The man returned the items to the store and a store representative opted to have him trespassed from the store in lieu of pursuing theft charges. 

Tuesday, September 13

A report of an aggressively-driven vehicle resulted in a traffic stop by an APD Officer on the SR 20 spur early Tuesday evening. The 31-year old Anacortes driver denied driving aggressively, but a driver’s check revealed that he had a suspended license for failure to appear on a negligent driving ticket. He was taken into custody and cited for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended, then released from the scene after agreeing to appear in court later in the month. 

Just before 6PM on Tuesday, an Anacortes Police Sergeant responded to the 900 block of 17th Street per the report from a van driver that her vehicle was struck from behind just moments earlier. The van driver told the Sergeant that after the collision, a female passenger jumped out of the vehicle and ran eastbound. The van driver and passenger complained of minor injuries. The Sergeant then contacted the 32-year old male who had been driving the SUV that struck the van. When asked about a female passenger in the vehicle, he claimed that he did not know her and that he had just picked her up as a hitchhiker a few miles away. The Sergeant facilitated an exchange of information between the two drivers and went searching for the female passenger. She was located in the 900 block of 23rd Street and admitted she ran from the scene because she was scared and she knew she had a warrant for her arrest. When asked about her relationship to the male driver she was with, she stated that they had been dating for several months. She was arrested and booked in the Skagit County Jail on her felony warrant. Finally, the Sergeant called the SUV driver and informed him that he knew about his relationship with the passenger in the vehicle, that he had not just picked her up as a hitchhiker. He was informed that he would be receiving a citation in the mail for Making a False Statement.  

Wednesday, September 14

After being pulled over by an Anacortes Police Officer, an Anacortes man reported that his late model leaf-blower had been stolen from an open garage at his home on 29th Street. There are no suspects. 

A 29-year old Lake Stevens man received a Following Too Close traffic infraction on Wednesday afternoon when the pickup he was driving rear ended a small sedan that had stopped in front of him. All told, there were 4 vehicles involved in the crash, but no injuries. The pickup driver told police that he was looking in his rearview mirror at the time of the collision and did not realize that traffic had stopped in front of him. 

Thursday, September 15

An Anacortes resident called police to report what she thought was a scam. The reporting party stated that she was told she had won $2.5 million and was provided with a phone number to call but no one answered when the number was dialed. The woman did not offer any personal information to the solicitor. 

Friday, September 16

A 52-year old man known to police was observed by a Corporal on patrol in the early morning hours on Friday. The Corporal was aware of a felony warrant for his arrest for Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. He was taken into custody without incident and booked in the Skagit County Jail on his warrant.

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