Police Beat

Anacortes Police located a suspect in the woods near Volunteer Park with help from Swinomish Tribal Police and their drone unit.

Late Thursday night, Sept. 20, APD Officers received information about a male subject who may be suicidal camping in the wooded area adjacent to Volunteer Park in the city of Anacortes. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the subject at that time due to the difficult terrain and thick brush. Based on information they had received, officers were able to identify the subject, a local 20-year-old known to police, and spoke with him briefly telephonically. On Friday morning just after 8AM, APD Officers, with the help of the Swinomish Tribal Police Drone Unit, did an extensive search of the wooded area surrounding Volunteer Park. Just after 11AM, APD Officers arrested the suspect on a warrant for assault based on his possible involvement in a weapon offense case from a week prior.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

A 23-year-old Spokane man was arrested by an APD Officer just after 4 AM on Saturday on two warrants for driving while license suspended. The man was sitting in a parked SUV on private property on South Marches Point Road when he was contacted. A search incident to arrest yielded a small baggie containing methamphetamine. The man admitted that the baggie was his but denied having any other drugs in his car or on his person. He was transported to APD and later booked and released on his warrants and faces possible drug possession charges.

Just after 3:30 PM on Saturday, Anacortes Police Officers investigated a car versus pedestrian accident at a local RV resort. Officers arrived on scene just after aid crews took over care for an infant who was struck by a pickup truck. Investigation on scene revealed that the infant ran in front of the pickup and the driver was unable to stop in time to avoid a collision. There is no suspicion of foul play. The infant was transported by ambulance from the scene to be treated by medical providers.  

An APD Officer pulled an older model Mitsubishi sedan over on SR 20 near Sharpes Corner on Saturday afternoon because it had a cracked windshield. The driver, a 29-year-old Burlington man, did not have a valid driver’s license or insurance on the vehicle so he was taken into custody for driving while license suspended and later released. He was given a copy of his citation and a ticket for no valid insurance on the car.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Just after midnight on Sunday morning, an APD Officer contacted the driver of an older model Honda car that was sold over 15 days prior without transferring ownership of the vehicle. The driver, a 38-year-old Anacortes man, apologized and stated that he was aware of the law requiring change of ownership but he did not have the money to put it in his name. He was taken into custody, criminally cited for failure to transfer title, and released at the scene. 

Just after noon on Sunday, an APD Officer in a marked patrol car stopped with a disabled car in the lane of travel in the 800 block of 22nd Street. The owner, a 61-year-old Anacortes man, told the officer that he was having issues with his car, but he should be able to get it moved shortly. The officer ran a routine check on the man and discovered that he had a misdemeanor warrant out of the Skagit County District Court. The check also revealed that the man’s license was suspended as of January 2018 for an unpaid ticket. The driver was taken into custody on his warrant and citation. He was booked in the county jail on his warrant.

Monday, September 17, 2018

An APD Officer on bike patrol observed a speeding vehicle in the school zone in the 1500 block of J Avenue and made contact with the driver, a 34-year-old Anacortes woman. The driver told the officer that she was tired and had not noticed her speed. A routine driver’s check revealed that the woman had a suspended license and she was cited for driving while license suspended.

An Anacortes Police Corporal responded to the 800 block of 29th Street early Monday afternoon to speak with a 59-year-old Mount Vernon man associated with a Ford pickup truck. Someone reported that a male that was unsteady on his feet got into the pickup and drove away. The man did not show any signs of impairment but a routine check revealed that he had a disorderly conduct warrant out of the Skagit County District Court. The man was taken into custody on his warrant, booked, and released at that location.

A 49-year-old Oak Harbor motorcyclist was riding his older model Kawasaki on westbound State Route 20 on Monday afternoon just before 2PM when the front brakes locked up and caused him to stop abruptly. An officer driving on that road came upon the motorcycle and the first sign of a problem that he noticed was a backup in traffic and white and gray smoke coming from the motorcycle. In speaking with the rider, it was determined that he was not injured in the incident. A routine check of the driver revealed that his license was suspended and he did not have a motorcycle endorsement. He was arrested on scene and admitted that his license was suspended off and on for the past 8 years. The man was given his citation and a ticket for no motorcycle endorsement, then released at the scene after agreeing to appear in court later in the month.

Officers responded to a home familiar to them on 4th Street on Monday afternoon per the report of a possible domestic violence situation between a man and woman at the home. Officers could hear yelling between the man and woman upon their arrival, but both subjects stated that it was a verbal only altercation. A routine check of the 38-year-old woman revealed that she had 5 arrest warrants for various driving charges so she was taken into custody and booked in the county jail on her warrants.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

A Thursday evening call to 911 dispatch prompted an officer to respond to the roundabout at 32nd Street and D Avenue to investigate a possible hit and run. A nearby resident called to report that a vehicle hit a street sign in the area but the suspect vehicle was nowhere to be seen upon the officer’s arrival.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Late Friday morning, an APD Officer was made aware of a construction site theft in the area of 15th Street in Anacortes. Investigation revealed that an $800 sliding glass door was stolen from inside the home at an unknown date or time. There are no suspects.

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

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

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


363,840 Confirmed Cases Statewide
21,743 Hospitalizations

5,428 Deaths Statewide
1,982,674 Fully Vaccinated
2,927,970 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, April 22, 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

Community Events