Police Beat

Police arrested a Stanwood man in connection with the assault of another man who was riding his bicycle late one night.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Just after midnight on Saturday morning, APD Officers responded to the area of 12th Street and M Avenue to speak with a man who had a shirt held to his head in an attempt to stop the bleeding from his face. In speaking with the man, it was determined that he had been assaulted by a man he did not know after he stopped to speak with him while out on a bike ride. The victim was cared for by medics on scene while police officers set up containment of the area to collect evidence of the crime. Officers did not locate the male suspect at that time. Just before noon on Saturday, a dayshift officer on patrol located a man walking downtown. The man closely matched the suspect description provided by the victim. The 22-year-old Stanwood man was taken into custody without incident and later questioned about his involvement in this incident. The suspect faces possible assault charges regarding his possible involvement in this incident, as well as possession of drug paraphernalia charges for items found in his backpack at the time of his arrest.     

An APD Officer was dispatched to find a light-colored sedan that was, per the reporting party, driving over the yellow line into oncoming traffic within the city limits of Anacortes. The officer was later updated that the vehicle was seen pulling into a driveway on a street near Oakes Avenue and as the officer got closer to the area, he found a car and driver matching the description provided and pulled it over near the intersection of Hartford and Oakes Avenue. The driver was not surprised by the contact and admitted that he may have made an illegal pass. The driver further admitted that he did not have insurance on his vehicle and he was given a ticket for no insurance.

A common issue at the Sharpes Corner roundabout is an eastbound driver coming from Anacortes on SR 20 pulling into the roundabout in front of a driver coming from Burlington wanting to exit the roundabout and travel southbound towards Oak Harbor. Two drivers found themselves in that position early Saturday afternoon and pulled over at a nearby convenience store to discuss the accident with an Anacortes Police Officer. The driver coming from Anacortes was issued a traffic infraction for failure to yield. There were no injuries.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Officers responded to a business on the 12000 block of Christianson Road on Sunday morning per the report of suspicious activity. The store representative told the officers that she wanted two people banned from the store due to their behavior and possible intoxication. Officers contacted the male and female and banned them from the store. Officers routinely run a background check when they contact people and this time, the male, a 38-year-old from Everett, returned with a warrant issued by the Department of Corrections. He was subsequently arrested on his warrant. When the suspect stepped out of the vehicle, officers noticed a plastic baggy containing a dark, sticky substance. The man admitted that he was a heroin user and he and the woman in the car with him provided a consent to search the vehicle on scene. The woman admitted that she had drug paraphernalia stuffed between the seat and center console. In addition to the baggie containing possible heroin, officers discovered burnt foil, three cut straws with drug residue, two glass pipes with drug residue, and a plastic spoon with residue. The male suspect was released to the custody of DOC Officers. The man and woman now face possible drug charges as a result of the items found in the car.

Two hundred and seventy dollars’ worth of outdoor cushions were stolen from a home on the 800 block of N Avenue sometime between Friday afternoon and Sunday afternoon. There are no suspects.

Early Sunday evening, an APD Officer was made aware of a deer that was struck by a vehicle near the state ferry terminal. The victim animal eventually ran into the nearby bushes and was not located.  

Monday, October 1, 2018

A local franchise car dealership contacted police on Monday morning to report that two cars parked at their lot were damaged over the weekend. One vehicle is owned by the dealership; the other by a customer. Nothing of value was missing from either vehicle, but it will cost approximately $1,000 to replace both broken windows of the respective vehicles. There are no suspects at this time.

Friday, October 5, 2018

A local woman called police on Friday to report something for the “too good to be true” file. Earlier that month, she received a call from a man with a heavy accent claiming that she had won $2.5 million; $10,000 per week for two years; and a new Mercedes….but she first had to send him $199. The woman went to her bank and got a money order that was deposited into an account she believed may have been from another state on the west coast. After receiving the money, the fraudster contacted her again stating that he needed more money to cover an “IRS fee” and her prizes would not be released until he received the money. The victim did not come up with the requested $500, and when she contacted the actual company the man claimed to represent, she was told that it was a scam and her case would be passed on to federal authorities.  

Just after 6:30PM on Sunday, APD Officers were dispatched to the hospital per the report of a possible domestic dispute between a man and a woman at the hospital. Investigation on scene revealed that the two had been arguing, but no physical contact had occurred so officers cleared the scene. Further investigation revealed that the associated male, a 38-year-old from Oak Harbor, provided an alternate name, possibly to avoid arrest on a warrant issued by the Skagit County District Court. Officers made contact with the man in a different area of the hospital and he was taken into custody and transported to jail on his warrant. He also faces a possible charge of making a false statement to a public servant. 

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

4,678 Confirmed Skagit Cases
390-399 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

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


362,276 Confirmed Cases Statewide
21,632 Hospitalizations

5,422 Deaths Statewide
1,982,674 Fully Vaccinated
2,927,970 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, April 21, 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

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