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A Saturday night fight in a south Commercial Ave. parking lot drew the police.

Just before midnight on Saturday night, April 28, APD Officers were dispatched to a restaurant parking lot near 28th and Commercial per the report of a fight in progress. There were several groups of people scattered throughout the lot and two teenaged boys approached one of the officers to inform him that they were involved in the fight. According to the two, there was a physical altercation that started at a nearby residence and some words exchanged amongst a few of the individuals present. None of the involved parties or their parents elected to press charges. Three teens were banned from the restaurant for one year and police officers cleared the scene.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

A man called police at 12:30 on Saturday morning to report that his girlfriend had just thrown his iPhone down the stairs causing it to break. Investigation on scene at their apartment on Michelle Lane revealed that the two had gotten into a verbal argument over household chores and the man’s 30-year-old girlfriend broke the phone. Officers cleared the scene after informing the woman that she would receive a citation in the mail for malicious mischief domestic violence. 

The coin machine at a local RV resort sustained $500 in damages in a theft that occurred sometime on Friday night. The suspect(s) stole an unknown amount of cash and coins from within the machine. Investigation continues.

A local man called police on Saturday afternoon to request additional police presence in the area of 14th Street and D Avenue since more vehicles were traveling in the area to circumvent 12th Street construction.

Early Saturday afternoon, APD took a call from a man who was trying to find resources for his niece. The man provided the woman’s name and current location and officers ran a routine check on her before contacting her on the 1500 block of Commercial Avenue. Officers discovered that the woman had a felony warrant so she was arrested on the warrant and booked in the Skagit County Community Justice Center.  

Early Saturday afternoon, the APD K-9 Officer was on patrol near Sharpes Corner when he observed an older model coupe driven by an adult male who acted as though he did not want the officer to see him. A registration check on the vehicle returned to a man matching the driver’s description and the 35-year-old Tacoma man had an arrest warrant and a suspended license. The officer performed a traffic stop on the car and confirmed the man’s warrant that was for driving under the influence. He was arrested without incident for driving with a suspended license and his warrant. K-9 T-Bone was deployed on the outside of the car and he displayed a behavior change consistent with illicit drugs in the vehicle. The man provided consent to search his car and a partially melted plastic straw that is commonly used to ingest or transport narcotics was found therein. The suspect was transported to the county jail and booked on his warrant and driving with license suspended and possession of drug paraphernalia charges.

Monday, April 30, 2018

An Anacortes Police Officer was on patrol directly to the northwest of the police station on Monday afternoon when he observed an older model BMW with registration tabs that expired almost a year prior. The officer pulled the car over on 29th Street and spoke with the 37-year old man from Anacortes who was driving the vehicle. The driver stated that he had a suspended license and multiple warrants for his arrest. A routine check revealed that he had a warrant out of Anacortes Municipal Court and one out of Mount Vernon Municipal Court and his license was suspended as of April 2018 and he had an ignition interlock requirement for his vehicle. He was taken into custody and searched incident to arrest. During the search, officers discovered a partially melted straw and folded pieces of aluminum foil. A search of the car revealed several additional items often used to weigh, store, and ingest illicit drugs, and a small amount of methamphetamine. The man was booked in the county jail on his warrant and drug and paraphernalia possession as well as driving with license suspended, ignition interlock violation, and possession of a weapon apparently capable of causing bodily harm due to a pair of brass knuckles being present in the car during the search.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Just after 6AM on Tuesday morning, APD Officers responded to an apartment on 30th Street per a 911 call about a man and woman screaming at each other and someone slamming against the wall. Officers spoke with both parties and discovered that they were in a dating relationship. The woman told police that they got into an argument and he threw her on the bed, then cornered her in the bathroom where she had gone to get away from him. The 23-year old Oak Harbor man was arrested and booked in jail on charges of malicious mischief and assault domestic violence.    

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Just after midnight on Thursday morning, an APD Officer was dispatched to Saint Mary’s Drive per the report of people in the area that may be under the influence of drugs. The first officer on scene heard loud noises and discovered a 24-year old man in the flower bed playing air drums. A routine check of the man revealed that he had three arrest warrants and he was taken into custody. Another officer found a syringe and a balled up piece of foil containing heroin. The man was booked in the county jail on his warrants and faces possible paraphernalia and drug possession charges.

On Thursday afternoon, APD Officers arrested a 25-year old Ferndale woman for theft and a Whatcom County District Court warrant after grocery store personnel called 911 to report that a young woman had stolen $18 worth of deli items and walked out the door without paying for them. When asked why she took the items, the woman said she was hungry and didn’t have any money, then felt guilty and went back to return the items when she was confronted by store staff. She was booked in the county jail on her warrant and faces possible theft and drug possession charges for possible heroin and methamphetamine that was found on her when she was searched. While contacting the theft suspect in the parking lot, officers also spoke with a 38-year old Maple Falls man who was waiting for her in a Volkswagen Jetta. The man had two active arrest warrants, was taken into custody, and searched incident to arrest. During the search, the man admitted that he had a drug pipe in his shorts and there was drug paraphernalia in the car as well. The man was booked in the county jail on his warrants and faces possible charges associated with paraphernalia and drugs found in his clothing and the car. 

Friday, May 4, 2018

An APD Sergeant had just cleared a call at 1AM on Friday morning and was driving in the area of 29th and Commercial Avenue when a Ford SUV pulled in front of her without making a full stop at the intersection, causing the Sergeant to brake heavily to avoid a collision. The Sergeant contacted the 28-year-old woman driving the vehicle who apologized profusely for pulling out in front of her. The driver smelled of alcohol and admitted that she had consumed alcohol earlier that evening. She agreed to take roadside sobriety tests but had a difficult time following basic instructions or demonstrating coordination during the tests. A preliminary breath test taken on scene yielded over the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle and she was taken into custody just after 1AM for DUI. The woman had a DUI in 2011, so she was booked in the Skagit County Community Justice Center on her charge. 

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.

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