Police Beat

A man’s body was recovered from the water off shore at Washington Park on Thursday afternoon.

At 1PM on Thursday afternoon (Mar. 29), APD Officers were dispatched to Washington Park for a possible death investigation. With the help of the Skagit County Sherriff’s Office Marine Unit, officers recovered the body of an adult male from the water at the west end of the park. The Loop Road at Washington Park was closed in order to recover evidence related to the incident. Several key evidentiary items were recovered during daylight hours and Loop Road was reopened at approximately 8PM. No foul play is suspected and there is no perceived threat to the public at this time.

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

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Just after midnight on Saturday morning, an APD Officer on patrol observed an older model sedan driving eastbound on 12th Street with only its parking lights on. The officer pulled the car over and ran a driver’s check on the 32-year-old Anacortes driver. The man’s license was in suspended status as of December 2017 and he was taken into custody for driving with license suspended. He was later released from the scene.

At 1:30 on Saturday morning, an APD Sergeant on patrol on D Avenue observed an older model SUV traveling approximately twice the legal speed in the 30mph zone. The vehicle made an abrupt turn onto 23rd Street and the Sergeant pulled in behind the SUV that was now parked at a residence on the 2300 block. Shortly after the Sergeant arrived on scene, a man emerged from the nearby bushes and initially claimed that he had been home for 30 minutes. After a short conversation, the subject admitted that he had been driving aggressively due to a recent argument he had with his girlfriend. The man smelled of alcohol and his eyes were watery and droopy.  He was taken into custody for DUI and a search incident to arrest yielded a pill in a small baggie that was later determined to be Oxycodone, as well as a pen tube that contained white powder residue. He was transported to the police station for DUI processing and a breath test yielded results of over the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. The man was later released to a family member and faces possible DUI as well as drug and drug paraphernalia possession charges.

A 23rd Street resident called police on Saturday morning at 9:00 am to report that the family’s station wagon sustained approximately $1,000 worth of damage from a hit and run incident that occurred sometime since 6:30PM the previous night. Other than small portions of what may have been the suspect vehicle, there was no apparent evidence at the scene.

A 22-year-old Mount Vernon man was given a traffic infraction on Saturday afternoon for his involvement in a two-car non-injury accident on westbound State Route 20 near the intersection of Christianson Road. The van in front of him slowed for traffic and he struck it, causing reportable damage.

At 6PM on Saturday, an APD Officer on patrol contacted the driver of a late model SUV for making an illegal left-hand turn onto 12th Street from O Avenue. The 40-year-old Mount Vernon woman driving the vehicle returned with no valid operator’s license and a felony Department of Corrections warrant. She was taken into custody and the jail later confirmed that they would not book her on her warrant. She was cited for No Valid Operator’s License and released.    

Just before 10PM on Saturday, APD Officers responded to a domestic violence call on the 1100 block of 29th Street. Investigation on scene revealed that the 44-year-old man who called police did so because his girlfriend was attempting to drive away and she had been drinking. The woman told police that when she attempted to leave, her boyfriend grabbed her by the shoulder and left marks that were identifiable by the responding officers. The male was subsequently taken into custody for domestic violence assault and booked in the county jail on his charge.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

At 2PM on Sunday, APD Patrol Officers responded to the 3600 block of R Avenue to investigate a possible fight between two large breed dogs. Officers were unable to make contact with the reporting party, however, the neighbor came out to speak with them and stated that his dog and the neighbor dog were involved in a brief fight, but the dogs were not injured. The Animal Control Officer followed up with the reporting party later in the week. Both involved parties agreed that no further law enforcement action was necessary.

On Sunday afternoon, an APD Officer was dispatched to a local grocery store per the report of the theft of an $80 bottle of champagne. The investigating officer viewed surveillance video of the person of interest in the theft, however, he was gone from the store upon the officer’s arrival. Investigation continues.

Monday, March 26, 2018

A 27-year-old Anacortes woman was given an infraction for failure to yield right of way on Monday afternoon after she pulled her SUV in front of a van driving northbound on O Avenue, causing a collision. Both vehicles sustained reportable damage, but there were no injuries.

Just after 5PM on Monday, an APD Officer was dispatched to a verbal dispute between two drivers who were involved in a hit and run incident. Investigation revealed that the suspect driver failed to yield when entering westbound SR 20 from South March’s Point Road and he struck the victim’s Honda with the rear bumper of his motor home as he merged into traffic. The 57-year-old man driving the motor home was given two infractions no insurance and failure to yield with accident. He also faces possible charging for hit and run.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

An unidentified man stole approximately $300 worth of merchandise from a local grocery store late Tuesday morning. A store representative told police that when he spoke with the suspect in the parking lot, he said that he forgot his wallet and would return to pay for the items but never did. Police are hoping to identify the suspect based on video surveillance collected at the time of the call.

A package theft victim called police on Tuesday afternoon to report that two packages with approximately $200 worth of goods were presumed stolen from her porch approximately two weeks prior. The woman contacted the delivery companies and confirmed that they were delivered, but never took possession of them. There are no suspects.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

A boat owner with his boat moored at a Q Avenue marina called police on Wednesday to report that the $2,500 kicker motor from his boat was missing. The responding officer took photos of the cut electrical line and disconnected gas line as well as the broken locking mechanism. The incident occurred sometime between Sunday and the time of the report. There are no suspects.

On Wednesday at 5PM, Anacortes Police Officers arrested a 34-year-old Tacoma man for his possible involvement in the burglary of a storage unit on Summit Park Road. Police were dispatched to the storage unit after employees called 911 to report an unidentified man who walked to an RV and removed a camping light from an external storage compartment. An employee confronted the suspect and he dropped the item and fled westbound on Summit Park Road on a bicycle. Based on a suspect description provided by storage unit staff, an officer made contact with the man on foot on Christianson Road a few minutes later and he was detained as a suspect. He was transported to the police station and later booked in the Skagit County Community Justice Center on burglary, vehicle prowl, and attempted theft charges.

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.