Police Beat

Police discovered a pair of brass knuckles during the search a vehicle stopped for speeding and a passenger not using a seatbelt.

At approximately 6:30PM on Thursday, Oct. 20, the Anacortes K-9 Officer was on patrol on Sunset Avenue when he observed a speeding vehicle traveling 10mph over the posted 25mph speed limit, and a front seat passenger who was not wearing his seatbelt. The 25-year old Friday Harbor driver had a clear license, however, the 30-year old Samammish man in the passenger seat had a felony warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance out of the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office. When the officer searched the man incident to arrest, he found two controlled substance pills the man did not have a prescription for. The female driver was then asked if there were other drugs in the car and she provided a small bag containing methamphetamine and a glass pipe. The driver gave permission for a search of the vehicle which yielded the discovery of several used needles and a pair of brass knuckles. The male was transported to Skagit County Jail where he was booked on his warrant. He also faces possible charges of Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, Dangerous Weapons, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The driver was taken into custody, searched incident to arrest, and faces possible charges for Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She was released from the scene. 

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

Saturday, October 15

Just after 2:30 AM on Saturday, an Anacortes Police Corporal on patrol in the 900 block of 11th Street observed a 44-year old Bellingham man known to police get in the passenger seat of a pickup that was leaving the area. A records check of the man revealed that he had three misdemeanor warrants for his arrest and the Corporal initiated a traffic stop on the pickup. The man was taken into custody without incident and transported to APD where he was booked and released on his warrants. 

A 29th Street apartment tenant contacted police on Saturday afternoon to report an attempted vehicle prowl that was thwarted when the owner of the vehicle approached the subject who jumped in a vehicle parked nearby and drove off. The subject did not enter the vehicle and the reporting party did not obtain the vehicle plate number. 

A 38-year old Anacortes man was awakened by police late Saturday night per a report from a friend that the man was intoxicated and punching walls in the home. Police spoke with the man’s wife who confirmed that he had punched a hole in the bathroom wall, but had not struck her. The man was taken into custody without incident and booked in the Skagit County Jail for Malicious Mischief Domestic Violence. 

Sunday, October 16

Just after 2AM on Sunday APD Officers contacted a 21-year old Anacortes man after a 911 call from a 26th Street resident who observed a male looking around his carport with a flashlight. The resident went outside to see what was going on and the subject slammed the car door shut and ran off. Based on a suspect description provided by the resident, police pursued a man on foot on J Avenue and he was taken into custody in the 2600 block. The man told police that he was walking home from a friend’s house where he had been drinking that evening and was looking for a place to sleep because he was too intoxicated to make it home. He was transported to the police station and later released after being cited for Resisting Arrest and Vehicle Prowl 2nd Degree. 

Just after 10AM on Sunday, an Anacortes Police Corporal on patrol on O Avenue observed a pickup with an inoperable brake light pull into a convenience store on 12th Street. The Corporal contacted the driver a short time later on 12th Street and advised the driver of the reason for the stop. The 20-year old Lynden woman driving the vehicle provided an ID card, but a driver’s check revealed that her license was suspended as of September and she had a warrant for her arrest out of the Anacortes Municipal Court for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended. The woman’s vehicle was towed from the scene as it was blocking traffic and she was taken into custody and transported to APD where she was cited for driving with license suspended, then released. 

Monday, October 17

Police took a stolen gas report on Monday morning from a resident in the 1100 block of 7th Street. The victim told police that he discovered a tube and two gas cans adjacent to his vehicle and there were approximately 5 gallons of gas syphoned from his tank and the fuel cap was missing. There are no suspects. 

Early Monday afternoon, APD took a malicious mischief report from a local pastor who discovered damage to an exterior door of a church located on the 1000 block of 20th Street. Though it did not seem that the perpetrator attempted to force entry, the malicious mischief event will cost the church approximately $200 to replace or repair the door. 

Just before midnight on Monday night an Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to the 1100 block of 6th Street per the report of a vehicle that had been stolen from that area approximately 12 hours previous. The reporting party stated that her unlocked 2004 silver Toyota Corolla sedan had been stolen from a commercial parking lot in the area around noon. Late Tuesday evening, Swinomish Tribal Officers recovered the vehicle in the La Conner area. 

Tuesday, October 18

Just after 4AM on Tuesday, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol on SR 20 initiated contact with a 65-year old Gold Bar, Wash. driver who had pulled his van to the side of the road with his flashers on. The driver told the officer that he had pulled over because his tire was low, then drove off eastbound on SR 20. A registration check on the vehicle yielded a return on the owner’s driving status that suspended since January 2016. The officer re-contacted the driver at SR 20 and Fidalgo Bay Road and took him into custody for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended. He was also cited for Failure to Transfer Title Within 45 Days and released from the scene. 

Wednesday, October 19

At 9:00 Wednesday morning, an APD Community Service Officer was dispatched to M Avenue and 4th Street reference some parking issues. The reporting party stated that there was a vehicle parked too close to a stop sign and a vehicle parked a long distance away from the curb. The CSO confirmed the information and issued an infraction on one vehicle for parking within 30 feet of a stop sign and cited another vehicle for facing the wrong direction and a correction notice for parking further than 12 inches from the curb. 

Thursday, October 20

A 25-year old Mount Vernon man was cited for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended and an infraction for Following Too Close for his involvement in a Thursday afternoon accident near 11th Street and Q Avenue. The station wagon the man was driving rear ended another vehicle and both vehicles were towed from the scene. There were no injuries. 

Early Thursday evening, APD took a report of $150 worth of toys and clothing that were stolen from a vehicle that had been parked in a grocery store parking lot in the 1500 block of Commercial a week previous. The victim stated that his vehicle was unlocked when the incident occurred and time of day was approximately 8PM. There are no suspects. 

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

5,024 Confirmed Skagit Cases
410-419 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

324 Hospitalizations
70 Deaths
48,187 Fully Vaccinated
59,306 Initial Doses Given


385,762 Confirmed Cases Statewide
23,019 Hospitalizations

5,614 Deaths Statewide
2,683,216 Fully Vaccinated
3,528,927 Initial Doses Given

Updated 8 pm, May 12, 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