Police Beat

A Mount Vernon man was arrested and booked into county jail after he was stopped on Highway 20 driving a stolen vehicle.

An APD Officer on patrol Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, near the twin bridges on eastbound highway 20 observed an older model sports car that was speeding on the highway. The registration on the car returned as stolen, and the officer requested backup from available officers in the area. Once a Swinomish Tribal Police Officer was on scene, the officer pulled the car over on Best Road and the highway. There was only one person in the car at the time of the stop, a 33-year-old Mount Vernon man. In addition to being in possession of a stolen car, the man had a Department of Corrections warrant for possession of a stolen vehicle, drug possession, and illegal possession of a firearm. The man was taken into custody without incident and admitted that he had stolen the car. During the investigation, the driver admitted that there were drugs in the car and loaded firearms in the trunk. A Skagit County Sheriff’s Deputy transported the suspect to jail where he was booked on his warrant. The stolen car was impounded to be searched for illegal narcotics and firearms and the driver faces possible additional charges as a result of the search.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Mid-afternoon on Sunday, an APD Officer driving on 12th Street observed a car two vehicles in front of him driving without a rear bumper. Additionally, the car had expired tabs as of October 2018, so the officer pulled the car over to speak with the driver. The driver, a 25-year-old Mount Vernon woman, pulled over on the 1700 block of 12th Street. She stated that she just bought the vehicle and she was waiting to get more money before she renewed the registration. She also stated that the car it did not have a bumper when she purchased it. The bill of sale she provided showed that the car was sold in March 2018. The woman was taken into custody for failure to transfer title. She was later released with a copy of her citation and a ticket for no valid operating license. She agreed to appear in court later in the month.

Just before 4PM on Sunday, APD Officers responded to the 1800 block of 12th Street per a 911 call regarding a possible burglary at a residence in the area. The reporting party thought that someone may have broken into his shop a few minutes prior. An officer responded to speak with the victim who provided a description of approximately $100 worth of electronics and furniture that were missing from the area just outside his shop. Based on the suspect and vehicle description, including the license plates, other officers were able to find the suspect, a 55-year-old Anacortes woman. Officers spoke with the suspect who had several items in the front seat of her vehicle, including items matching the description of the stolen electronics and furniture. The woman told officers that she was out collecting free stuff. She was taken into custody and provided permission to search her vehicle so that stolen items could be retrieved. She was cited for theft and released from the scene.

A local woman called police on Sunday afternoon to ask an officer to check in on a woman at her house who was possibly fleeing from a domestic violence situation. The responding officer met with a woman who was very upset and clutching her side as though she was injured. The woman said that she and her boyfriend, a 56-year-old from Anacortes, had been hanging out all day and arguing off and on about money matters and personal property. The arguments culminated in a short physical confrontation where the man elbowed the woman in the torso with enough force that she fell to the ground. The woman then fled the area and went to a friend’s home. She had redness and swelling consistent with a physical confrontation. Other officers spoke with the suspect at his home and took him into custody for assault. He was booked in the county jail on his charge.

Monday, November 12, 2018

An APD Officer was watching traffic on the 1700 block of Q Avenue on Monday morning, when he observed an older model sedan driving approximately 36mph which is 11mph over the posted speed limit. The officer pulled the car over on 17th Street and spoke with the driver, a 23-year-old woman from Mount Vernon. She told the officer that she thought the speed limit was 35. A routine check of her driver’s license status revealed that she had a suspended license and she was taken into custody, cited for driving while license suspended, and released at the scene. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

An APD Sergeant made a traffic stop on a sports sedan on Tuesday morning just before 1AM. The car was traveling approximately 11mph over the posted 30mph speed limit on 12th Street and the driver, a 48-year-old from California, provided a driver’s license that returned with a suspended status. He denied any knowledge of his license status. He was arrested, cited, and released on scene for driving with license suspended. He parked safely off the roadway and was warned not to drive from the scene.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Late Thursday morning, Anacortes Municipal Court staff requested an officer to contact a defendant with an active warrant out of their court. The 32-year-old male subject was taken into custody and searched. The search yielded a small baggie containing a white substance, possibly methamphetamine. The man told the officer that he forgot that the drugs were in his pocket. He was booked in the county jail on his warrant. He also faces possible drug charges.

At 11:15AM on Thursday, an APD Officer arrested a 32-year-old man known to the Anacortes Police Department at the request of court staff. The man had a warrant out of the Anacortes Municipal Court and he was later booked in the county jail on the warrant.

Friday, November 9, 2018

A late model Subaru was towed from the scene of a crash that occurred mid-morning on Friday at the intersection of 32nd Street and Commercial Avenue. The driver of the Subaru was driving in the roundabout at that intersection when a 76-year-old woman drove north into the roundabout with her late model Lexus into the side of the Subaru causing significant damage. No one was injured. The Lexus driver was ticketed for failure to yield the right of way, operating a vehicle without insurance, and failure to renew expired registration.

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

4,942 Confirmed Skagit Cases
400-409 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

318 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
44,613 Fully Vaccinated
57,198 Initial Doses Given


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22,614 Hospitalizations

5,539 Deaths Statewide
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3,368,279 Initial Doses Given

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