Police Beat

An Anacortes woman was assaulted in the downtown area late Sunday night as she walked home.

The 31-year-old Anacortes woman told police she was assaulted by three men around 12:30 a.m. Sunday night. She said she was walking home and as she got closer to the corner of 7th Street and Q Avenue three men started calling out to her and asked her to go to another bar with them. She declined and they reportedly attacked her, pushing her down and hitting her multiple times. The victim reported that the men were average size and weight. Officers took pictures of her injuries and plan to review surveillance video.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Saturday, May 5, 1028

Officers contacted a young man and a teenaged girl in a car at the Cap Sante viewpoint after the park had closed. Once the officer verified their identities, the man was told he was free to go. The girl’s parents were called and she was released into their custody.

Police were called after the reporting party saw a teenager light something on fire near a dumpster in the 1100 block of 27th Court. A 14-year-old girl reportedly admitted to lighting a small old pillow on fire before it was thrown away. There was no damage. A message was left for her mother.

An 86-year-old Anacortes man called police to report the theft of more than $500 worth of tools. He said he sold the tools to a Mount Vernon man, who said he would return and pay for them the next day. He has yet to pay. Officers talked to the younger man, who said it was a misunderstanding and he planned to pay for the tools. Officers determined it was a civil matter.

An Anacortes woman reported a drug problem in the 500 block of Hillcrest Drive. She said a dull gray truck parked in the area and one of the two male occupants walked up to a window at the residence. There was a brief conversation with someone in the house and some sort of “hand to hand exchange.” The reporting party was unable to see what was exchanged. The truck then drove away.

A 25-year-old Anacortes man was arrested on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia after officers noticed him stumbling along the sidewalk around 8 p.m. Officers noted he was very intoxicated and could barely stand. Officers offered to drive him home, which he accepted. During a search of his person for weapons, officers found a spoon and a used needle. The man allegedly told officers he last used heroin several hours ago. He was turned over to his father’s care.

Officers are attempting to identify the driver of a light-colored truck that reportedly hit a parked vehicle in the area of Fourth Street and Commercial Avenue around 9:30 p.m. The front bumper was torn off the victim's vehicle. Several people witnessed the collision and officers are seeking video footage.

A port security officer notified police of a group of juveniles drinking and smoking marijuana on a boat at a marina around 10:30 p.m. Officers contacted a 17-year-old Anacortes boy, a 16-year-old Langley girl and a 16-year-old Anacortes boy leaving the dock, who all appeared to have been drinking. All three reportedly admitted to drinking and smoking marijuana. After completing breath tests that confirmed they had been drinking, the teens were all arrested on charges of underage drinking. They were later released to relatives. Officers also found capsules in a bag that were sent to the lab for testing. Two other teens were contacted as possibly being involved with the party. One was trespassed from the marina due to his derogatory behavior to port security.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Officers were called to a grocery store after a 23-year-old Mount Vernon woman left with a bag of donuts without paying. She also had six misdemeanor warrants and was arrested. A search of her person revealed a baggie and a box cutter that both field tested positive for the presence of heroin. Officers confirmed the theft via surveillance video. She was booked into jail on charges of theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Monday, May 7, 2018

A 57-year-old Anacortes woman called police about someone being in a downtown establishment with a gun on their hip around 1:30 p.m. the day before. She said the gun was holstered and under his jacket, which he later took off. She was unsure if staff knew the man had a weapon in a bar. According to state law, it is unlawful to carry a gun into a bar. The case was forwarded to the state Liquor and Cannabis Control Board.

A 28-year-old Oak Harbor man was cited for following too close after reportedly failing to slow down for a traffic light eastbound on Highway 20 at Sharpes Corner and hitting the vehicle in front of him. That, in turn, caused the second vehicle to hit the vehicle in front of it.

A bystander reported an unconscious man in his 30’s in the restroom at the Washington State Ferries terminal. Medics arrived and found two syringes and part of an aluminum can with burn marks on the bottom and provided the items to officers. The man was transported to the hospital with a suspected heroin overdose.

Officers responded to the report of three people rummaging in a vehicle at 21st Street and Commercial Avenue around 9:30 p.m. One was reportedly wearing something covering his face, which officers later noted was a black ski mask. The 40-year-old man had two warrants and was arrested. During a search officers found drugs and paraphernalia. He was booked into jail and faces additional charges. The vehicle owner was later contacted and said the man had permission to remove items.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

A 40-year-old man was removed from the post office building after he was found sleeping on the upper stairwell landing. He was previously contacted and banned from the location for the same issue. He was cited and released.

A passer-by called police to report seeing a man in a vehicle who had allegedly hit the female passenger. The two, both known to officers, provided several different versions of what happened. Officers eventually arrested the 37-year-old man on a charge of domestic violence assault. Police K-9 T-Bone was deployed around the car, which was parked in the public roadway. The dog responded to the scent of drugs in the vehicle, which was impounded. Officers recovered drugs, drug paraphernalia and a throwing star and daggers from the vehicle.  The man faces additional charges.

Police contacted a man putting logs in the back of a truck in the 1800 block of 28th Street after getting a call that he was cutting firewood there. The man said he had permission from the landowner to clear some of the dead trees and bring the logs to her residence. The officer confirmed that was true with the homeowner.

A caller reported a group of ducklings near Highway 20 appeared “flustered” and may waddle into traffic around 6:20 p.m. Officers checked the area and did not find the ducklings. It was later learned a passing motorist stopped and herded them across the street safely.

A 58-year-old man reported a “Deputy Bowen” called him from the “citations and warrants department” to inform him he had warrants. The man said the alleged deputy seemed convincing until he instructed the man to contact a woman at a grocery store in Mount Vernon and send money via a money gram. The man said he did not provide the caller with any personal information. An officer called the number and was quickly hung up on after asking several questions.

A 65-year-old Anacortes man was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian after his vehicle was hit by a bicyclist. The man was turning from Q Avenue onto Seafarers Way and did not notice the bicyclist traveling northbound on the bike trail. The cyclist hit the passenger side of the vehicle, causing damage. The cyclist was wearing a helmet but was transported to Island Hospital for further treatment.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

An officer stopped a 32-year-old Oak Harbor man for having a defective headlight around 12:15 a.m. in the 2300 block of Commercial Avenue. The driver said he knew about the issue and had a part on back order he was waiting for to fix it. The man’s driver’s license came back as suspended. He was cited and released for driving with a suspended license and given a warning about the headlight.

A 72-year-old Anacortes man reported that he routinely walks his dog on the city right of way behind his residence. A neighbor frequently tells the man he can’t do this and has started planting trees in the right of way. An officer confirmed the property is city right of way and told the man he can walk there. He may contact the city planning department about the trees being planted on city property.

A couple called police after being concerned about a woman who seemed lost. The woman was only able to provide a first name. While officers were talking with her, the woman’s husband arrived as he had been driving around looking for her. He noted she has dementia. Officers followed them home and confirmed their identities. The man said she hasn’t wandered off before and said he will need to take increased measures to prevent it in the future.

A hit-and-run was reported near the hospital. A woman parked her car on 24th Street and someone backed into it, cracking and chipping the paint on the front bumper. Estimated repair cost is $790. There are no suspects.

An 82-year-old Anacortes man was cited for negligent driving after reportedly hitting three parked cars in the 400 block of Commercial Avenue around 6:15 p.m. Officers noted the smell of alcohol on the driver. The man’s wife noted that a medical issue made alcohol affect the man differently. The man performed poorly on field sobriety tests, though his breath test was under the legal limit. Officers advised the man that he should avoid alcohol due to his lower tolerance. The man reportedly suggested the incident had gotten the point across.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Just after 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, an APD Officer took a report from a woman whose Poodle mix dog was bitten by an off-leash large breed dog while her husband was walking it in the area of Alton Daniels field. The off-leash dog owner provided his contact information and the officer called the man who admitted that his dog was off leash and attacked the poodle. The case was forwarded to the Animal Control Officer for follow up.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Just before 2AM on Friday, an APD Officer pulled an older model Chevy pickup over on SR 20 near Thompson Road for a defective brake light and a partially covered rear license plate. The driver, a 39-year old Silvana, Washington woman, said she was unaware of the issues because she borrowed the truck. She further stated that she was driving for work, but did not have a valid license. The driver was taken into custody, cited, and released for driving with license suspended.

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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4,695 Confirmed Skagit Cases
390-399 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

299 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
37,483 Fully Vaccinated
52,143 Initial Doses Given


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