Police Beat

An Anacortes man wearing a face mask and hoodie who led police on a chase on his bicycle was jailed on several charges.

Just before 6AM on Thursday, APD Officers were dispatched to the area of Longview Avenue per the report of two males on bicycles taking photos. An officer went to the area of S Avenue and Longview and noticed two men on bikes wearing face masks and hoodies. Upon noticing the marked patrol car, both bikes took off across highway 20 down R Avenue. A short time later, a second officer observed a male matching the description provided near Storvik Park and recognized the man as a local resident with three arrest warrants. The second officer caught up with the bicyclist at the 900 block of 26th Street and activated her lights and sirens in an attempt to stop the bike, but he continued to ride away to the north on R Avenue in the southbound lanes where police cars could not safely drive. In anticipation of the eluding subject’s direction of travel, an officer got out of her vehicle and confronted the subject on foot on the 1700 block of Q Avenue where he was stopped. Backup officers arrived to take him into custody on his warrants after a brief struggle with the 30-year old who later told police that he didn’t want to go to jail. He was transported to Skagit County Jail and booked on his warrants and investigative hold for resisting arrest, obstructing a law enforcement officer, and Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act for pills found on his person during the search incident to arrest.

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

Saturday, May 13, 2017

On Saturday, just after midnight, an officer on patrol in the park and ride on S. March’s Point Road was approached by a crying woman who told the officer that she had been yelled at and pushed by her husband earlier that evening and when she attempted to call 911 for help, he grabbed the phone from her hand. Officers contacted the woman’s husband who was outside at a nearby residence. The 54-year old was interviewed and ultimately taken into custody and booked in jail on a 4th Degree Assault Domestic Violence charge.

An Anacortes Police Corporal made a traffic stop on a silver car late Saturday night near 17th and Commercial Ave. The vehicle had a burnt out headlight and the 22-year old female driver seemed surprised when told that her headlight wasn’t working. She further stated the officer should know that she doesn’t have a license and could provide no proof of her identification. She verbally identified herself and a driver’s check revealed that she had an instructor permit. Officers also recognized the 28-year male in the passenger’s seat and a routine check revealed that he had a warrant out of Burlington Municipal Court. The K-9 Officer arrived as a backup and T-Bone was deployed on the vehicle, demonstrating a change of behavior consistent with drugs present therein. The driver and passenger approved a search of the vehicle which yielded the discovery of syringes, foil, and straws containing drug residue. The driver was taken into custody and cited for No Valid Operator’s License without ID and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and the passenger was booked and released on scene for his warrant.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

On Sunday afternoon, a woman called police to report that her rental car’s tires were slashed while it was parked in a parking lot on Ferry Terminal Road. The event had occurred sometime since the previous morning. Investigation continues.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Just before 9:30PM on Monday evening, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol at 32nd and Commercial observed an eastbound pickup run the stoplight. The officer contacted the driver on the 900 block of 32nd Street and informed her of the reason for the stop. The 33-year old Anacortes driver said she was late to pick up her daughter from the babysitter, which is why she was in a hurry. She further stated that her license was suspended and was unable to provide a valid ID or proof of insurance for the vehicle. A driver’s check revealed that her license was suspended as of June 2014. She was taken into custody for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended and issued an infraction for no insurance and failure to obey the traffic signal. She was later released from the scene after agreeing to find a licensed driver to take her and her vehicle home.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

An Anacortes Police Officer on graveyard shift at 1:30 Tuesday morning observed a sedan parked at Causland Park. The park is closed from 10PM-6AM, so the officer pulled in behind the vehicle and a male and female exited the vehicle. The woman stated they did not know the park was closed and had only stopped because their car was overheating. She told the officer that she was going to get some fluid for the vehicle at a friend’s house and walked off. The officer ran a records check of the 25-year old Mount Vernon man who exited from the driver’s seat, which returned with an active warrant for driving with license suspended. He was booked and released on scene for his warrant and given a copy of the paperwork.

Early Tuesday afternoon, a driver on M Avenue called police to report an unoccupied sedan parked perpendicular to the flow of traffic in the southbound lane at the intersection of 17th Street. Officers responded and ran the vehicle registration, then moved the unlocked vehicle out of traffic and contacted the owner. The owner stated that she lived up the street and had forgotten to fully engage the emergency brake. She was told to consider angling her tires when she parks on a grade in the future.

An old, inoperable BBQ grill was dumped after hours at a local thrift shop. The incident was reported to police and the investigating officer viewed surveillance video, identifying the suspect and associated vehicle by reading the license plate. A citation for illegal dumping was sent to the court for mailing.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

APD took a theft report from a local resident who reported that she had taken delivery of a package recently that was supposed to contain a new smart phone, but simply contained shipping material and an invoice. On further review of the package, it appeared it had been tampered with and resealed. There are no suspects.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Just after 8PM on Thursday an APD Officer on patrol on SR 20 near Sharpes Corner observed a black sport bike traveling westbound towards Anacortes at a high rate of speed. The officer notified other officers of the motorcycle and a short time later, the 26-year old motorcyclist was pulled over by police on the 900 block of 37th Street. The rider admitted to speeding and apologized to officers as he was being arrested on a warrant for Negligent Driving out of the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office. He was transported to APD and later booked and released for his warrant and given a copy of his 2nd Degree Negligent Driving citation.

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

5,075 Confirmed Skagit Cases
430-439 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

326 Hospitalizations
72 Deaths
49,057 Fully Vaccinated
59,732 Initial Doses Given


389,882 Confirmed Cases Statewide
23,187 Hospitalizations

5,622 Deaths Statewide
2,757,234 Fully Vaccinated
3,562,750 Initial Doses Given

Updated 7 pm, May 15, 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

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