Police Beat

An Anacortes woman was booked at Skagit County Jail for violating an anti-harassment court order after sending multiple text messages to a local man.

Early Tuesday evening, Jan. 10, Anacortes Police Officers were dispatched to a report of a violation of an anti-harassment order. An Anacortes man reported that an order had been issued against a 49-year old Anacortes woman that day and she was violating the order by sending multiple text messages to him. Police contacted the woman at her residence and she eventually admitted to sending the texts. She was cited and released on scene for Violation of an Anti Harassment Order. Five minutes after officers cleared the woman’s residence, they received a report from the man that he was once again receiving texts daring him to call the police again. Officers returned to her residence once again and arrested her for violating the order. She was then booked in the Skagit County Jail.

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

Saturday, January 7

Just after midnight on Saturday morning, the Anacortes K9 Officer on patrol on SR 20 was cut off by a silver sedan that abruptly cut into his lane, causing him to brake aggressively. The officer pulled the sedan over and spoke with the 35-year old Oak Harbor driver, informing her of the reason for the stop. The driver apologized, stating she thought she had more room and had not intended to cut him off. A drivers check revealed that the woman had a suspended license for unpaid tickets. She was taken into custody and cited for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended. She was then released at the scene.

A representative from the golf course called police on Saturday afternoon to report spray paint on the side of one of their storage sheds. The perpetrator(s) painted what looked to be a large bear and the words “for the cause” written next to it. It will cost the business approximately $500 to fix the issue.

A 39-year old Anacortes man was arrested at a motel on SR 20 on Saturday night for a felony arrest warrant. Police are familiar with the man’s vehicle and observed it in the motel parking lot. Voices were heard inside the man’s second floor room, however, no one answered when the police announced their presence. Officers forced their way into the room and discovered the suspect pretending to be asleep in the room. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to APD, then to jail where he was booked on his warrant.

Just before 10PM on Saturday, an Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to a non-injury motor vehicle accident on 4th Street and Commercial Avenue. On scene, the officer observed a BMW sedan that had parked outside of the parking lines and struck an SUV in the adjacent parking spot. The owner of the SUV was on site, however, the sedan owner was not. The officer took photographs of the scene and departed after unsuccessful attempts to reach the owner of the sedan. The following day, an APD Officer successfully reached the 21-year old who owned the sedan and obtained insurance and other pertinent information. When asked, the vehicle owner stated that he didn’t think he had struck anything when he parked but admitted he had been the person driving the car that night. He was cited for hit and run of an unattended vehicle.   

Sunday, January 8

At 2:20 AM on Sunday, APD Officers were dispatched to a possible domestic in progress at a residence on 34th Street. Officers were met at the front door by an upset woman who led officers to a back room to speak with her boyfriend. Officers interviewed the 36-year old man who admitted to being drunk and arguing with his girlfriend. Further investigation revealed that the woman had been pushed to the ground by her boyfriend and had sustained minor injuries. The boyfriend was taken into custody and transported to the Skagit County Jail where he was booked on a 4th Degree Assault, Domestic Violence charge.

Monday, January 9

An R Avenue resident called police just after 2AM on Monday to report a possible burglary in progress on R Avenue. The resident provided a description of a young intoxicated woman that had entered through the front door and was lying down on the couch. Upon arrival, the home owner was escorting the woman outside and she was taken into custody by officers. Further investigation revealed that the 17-year old subject had been drinking and had mistaken the house for her own residence nearby. The home owners opened the door when they hear rustling outside and the young woman stumbled in and laid down on the couch. She was taken to Skagit County Juvenile Detention and now faces criminal trespassing and minor in possession charges. 

Tuesday, January 10

A silver Trek Antelope bike with a split seat valued at approximately $50 was reported stolen from the 900 block of 27th Street. No one had turned in a bike matching that description and there are no suspects.

Just before 9PM on Tuesday, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol on Cabana Lane observed a white sedan with expired tabs as of September 2016. The officer turned his car around and observed the vehicle parked with no one inside. A few minutes later the vehicle drove away and was pulled over on Shannon Point Road. The 33-year old male driver was informed of the reason for the stop and the officer checked his driving status. The driver had a suspended license as of December 2016 and was cited and released at the scene for driving with license suspended. The man also had a felony warrant but the jail could not accept him due to being quite full.

Wednesday, January 11

A 29-year old Anacortes man was arrested for driving with a suspended license on Wednesday night. The man was driving an SUV at night with his lights off and was pulled over by an officer on patrol. The man admitted that his license was suspended and he was taken into custody and released at the scene.

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.

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Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times