Police Beat

A man dancing in the middle of Commercial Ave near 23rd Street caught the attention of a police officer this week.

Early Tuesday afternoon, an APD Officer contacted a 31-year old local man in the middle of Commercial Avenue near 23rd Street dancing and jumping in front of vehicles in the road, causing vehicles to brake hard to avoid colliding with him. The officer contacted the man in an alleyway nearby where he was detained for investigation. When asked what was going on, the man made nonsensical statements to officers. He was later transported to the hospital for evaluation and given a citation for Disorderly Conduct, Obstructing Vehicle Traffic.

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

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Just after midnight on Saturday morning, an APD Sergeant on patrol arrested a 42-year old Burlington man who was riding his bike on Commercial Avenue without a headlight during the hours of darkness. The man eluded the Sergeant for a short time, ditching the bike and walking off on foot in the alleyway between 10th and 11th streets. Upon contact, the man stated that he knew he should have a bike light and tried to get away because he has warrants for his arrest. The Sergeant confirmed that he had two warrants—one for drug possession and one for DUI. He was taken into custody on his warrants and a search incident to arrest yielded a glass pipe with methamphetamine residue. He was booked in the Skagit County Jail on his warrants a new charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

A 31-year old Anacortes man was arrested on a violation of a no contact order warrant early Saturday afternoon. An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol recognized the man and made contact with him walking along 20th Street. The jail did not accept him, so he was booked and released at the scene.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

A 45-year old Anacortes man known to police was arrested on two driving with license suspended warrants early Sunday morning. The man was standing outside a business on Christianson Road and the Sergeant took him into custody after running a records check that revealed he had two active warrants. He was placed in a holding cell at APD while book-and-release paperwork was completed and ultimately released with a copy of his court paperwork.

An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol on 4th Street early Sunday morning ran a routine check on the driver of a van on the roadway. The 54-year old driver returned with a Sedro Woolley arrest warrant. The officer made a traffic stop and arrested the man on the side of the road on his warrant. A search incident to arrest yielded heroin and paraphernalia associated with smoking methamphetamine in his jacket pocket. Backup officers arrived and later contacted the man’s 51-year old wife who was in violation of a no contact order she had with her husband. The woman slowly emerged from the van when prompted by officers to do so. She was taken into custody on the order violation and a search incident to arrest yielded a coin purse containing a black tarry substance, possibly heroin. A search of the purse she had with her contained an eye drop container with a liquid, possibly liquid heroin, and crystals that may have been methamphetamine. Additionally, the officer found pills, cotton swabs soaked in a dark, tarry substance along with several pipes, straws, and other miscellaneous paraphernalia items. A 53-year old Anacortes man was also in the van. He was identified by officers and arrested on three warrants out of Superior Court, Mount Vernon Municipal Court, and Anacortes Municipal Court respectfully. The male passenger was booked in jail on his warrants; the female passenger was booked in jail on her warrants and a violation of a no contact order charge. She also faces possible drug charges for the drugs in her possession at the time of the arrest. The driver was booked and released at the scene and also faces possible drug charges.  

Two Anacortes women, 26 and 51-years old respectively, were arrested on active warrants at 9PM on Sunday on a hillside by the Guemes Channel near 5th Street. An APD Officer was patrolling the area and observed an unoccupied vehicle near a vacant building that was recently vandalized. Within moments, both women emerged from the darkness and were told that they were on private property. A records check of the 26-year old revealed that she had a felony Department of Corrections and misdemeanor warrants.  She was taken into custody and later released to a DOC Officer. The 51-year old woman told police that she was looking for treasures on the beach and had several rocks in her hands and pockets. She was positively identified and taken into custody for a misdemeanor warrant out of Sedro Woolley. She was later released from the scene. Both women face possible drug charges for paraphernalia and illicit drugs discovered within items they were carrying.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Just after 3AM on Monday, Anacortes Police Officers were dispatched to Washington Park per the report of a verbal altercation near the boat launch. Officers responded but were unable to locate anyone in the area at the time. Approximately two hours later, a woman called police to report that her boyfriend had assaulted her at the campground. Further investigation revealed that the man and woman had been camping that evening and got into a verbal argument that turned physical, resulting in the woman’s boyfriend, a 59-year old from Anacortes, striking her in the face with a clenched fist. Officers responded to the man’s home and took him into custody for 4th Degree Assault, DV and transported him to jail.

APD took a stolen vehicle report on Monday afternoon. The owner told police that sometime overnight someone stole the unlocked pickup. On Wednesday afternoon, APD received a call from a Skagit County Sheriff’s Deputy who reported that the vehicle was discovered, undamaged, near Alger. The owner and vehicle were later reunited.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

An Anacortes Police Officer on routine patrol on South Marchs Point Road observed a black sedan in front of him with expired registration tabs. The officer pulled the vehicle over just before midnight and explained the reason for the stop. The driver, a 28-year old Mount Vernon man, said he just purchased the vehicle and did not have a driver’s license. He was taken into custody for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended. He was later released from the scene. The officer then identified the 26-year old Sedro Woolley woman in the passenger’s seat to see if she had a valid driver’s license to drive the vehicle. A routine check revealed that she had an arrest warrant for DUI and she was taken into custody without incident. A search incident to arrest yielded a small container with heroin as well as a part of an ink pen commonly used to ingest drugs. She was transported to APD and later released. Both vehicle occupants now face possible drug charges based on drugs and paraphernalia found on their person and within the vehicle.

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