Police Beat

A woman who said her husband assaulted her during an argument while stopped along highway 20 was picked up by a passerby and taken to Island Hospital for treatment.

Just after 1AM on Wednesday morning, an APD Officer responded to the hospital to speak with an assault victim in the ER. The interview revealed that the woman and her husband were in their SUV at a local casino when they had an argument about personal finances. The argument continued to escalate while the two were parked along SR 20 and culminated in the assailant striking his wife multiple times resulting in injury to her lip and neck. The woman was able to break free of the man and ran away along the highway where she was later picked up by a passerby and brought to the hospital. Police were unable to locate the man that evening, so a citation for 4th Degree Assault, Domestic Violence was completed and sent to the court for mailing.

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

Saturday, February 11

A lime green Specialized Enduro mountain bike was reported stolen sometime during the night of Friday, February 10 from an attached garage on Guemes View Drive. If you have seen this bike since that time, please call APD via dispatch at (360) 428-3211 reference APD case #17-01004.

On Saturday afternoon an Anacortes Police Corporal on patrol on SR 20 contacted the driver of a minivan who failed to use a right hand turn signal onto Fidalgo Bay Road. The 46-year old driver told the Corporal that he did not have ID or paperwork for the vehicle. A driver’s check revealed that the subject’s license was suspended as of October 2015 and he was taken into custody for Driving With License Suspended. When asked why he was driving on a suspended license, the man said he was just taking a risk. He was released at the scene and a licensed passenger took the wheel.

Sunday, February 12

Late Sunday morning, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol on 24th Street observed a 66-year old man known to police. The officer ran a records check that revealed the subject had two District Court warrants for his arrest. The officer contacted the subject in the 1200 block of 24th Street and informed him of the reason for contact. A search incident to arrest yielded a used syringe consistent with drug use in the man’s jacket pocket. The man was taken into custody on his warrants and transported to APD where he was later released with a copy of a Possession of Drug Paraphernalia citation.

A 39-year old Anacortes driver was arrested on Sunday evening at 7PM. An APD Officer on patrol in a marked vehicle on Commercial Avenue observed the man pull through a restaurant drive-thru and back up as he drove by. The officer pulled off a few blocks later and within minutes, the driver passed by on Commercial Avenue with what sounded like an amplified muffler. The officer pulled the car over and the driver explained that his car had recently bottomed out causing damage to the muffler. What he could not explain, or provide, however, was a valid driver’s license. A driver’s check revealed that his license was expired as of December 2016 and he was arrested, cited, and released from the scene after being informed of a court date later in the month.

At 8:30 on Sunday night, an Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to the 400 block of 5th Street per the report of an unknown female walking up and down a resident’s driveway and pulling on their door handle to see if it is locked. Based on the description provided, the responding officer contacted a 30-year old Everett woman walking in the area. The woman told the officer that she lost her dog recently and she thought someone in Anacortes may have stolen it. She could not provide a clear answer to the question of “why wouldn’t you just knock on the door?” The officer ran a records check and discovered that the woman had three active warrants for her arrest. She was arrested and searched incident to arrest before being released a short time later at a residence nearby.

An SUV was keyed while parked in the 2400 block of 26th Street on Sunday night. The vehicle owner told police that she does not have any suspects in mind.

Tuesday, February 14

A local woman was issued a ticket for Following Too Close on Tuesday afternoon when her hatchback struck the rear of a pickup stopped at the intersection of 32nd and Commercial Avenue. The 42-year old told police that her foot slipped off the brake petal which caused the collision. There were no injuries.

A 20-year old Anacortes driver was pulled over by an APD Officer on Tuesday morning near Sharpes Corner. The officer recognized the distinctive vehicle and driver because of contact two days previous when the subject was cited for driving with a suspended license. The officer counseled the driver about his persistent illegal driving and the driver made the excuse that he was going to a job interview. The officer confirmed that the man’s license was still suspended and he was again cited for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended.

Wednesday, February 15

APD took a call from a witness to a hit and run accident on 7th and Commercial on Wednesday afternoon. The reporting party told police that a black SUV had struck a city-owned parking sign and drove off. The license plate for the suspect vehicle was still on scene, so the responding officer ran the plate, which returned to an Anacortes resident. Police later spoke with the woman who admitted to driving the vehicle. She told the officer that she didn’t realize she had struck anything. She was cited for Hit & Run Unattended Property.

A 63-year old Anacortes man was given a ticket for Following Too Close after he became distracted and struck an SUV that was stopped in the roadway waiting for traffic. Both vehicles sustained reportable damage but were able to be driven from the scene. There were no injuries.

Friday, February 17

City of Anacortes personnel requested the removal of a woman from a public restroom on O Avenue. The woman is thought to have stayed in the room overnight and was asked to move along by the responding police officer.

An Anacortes resident on the 1500 block of 16th Street called police on Friday to report that someone had broken into his shed overnight and stolen a Coca-Cola brand cooler worth approximately $25. 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

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