Police Beat

The baseball diamond at Ace of Hearts Rotary Park on H Ave. has been vandalized several times recently, according to reports from the city’s Parks & Recreation Department.

Early Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 21, an APD Officer took a report from a city parks department employee who stated that the park on the 3800 block of H Avenue was vandalized multiple times over the course of the last several days. Parks staff reported that there were holes dug in the baseball diamond to make what appeared to be a bicycle stunt track and there were visible bike tracks throughout the park. There are currently no suspects. 

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

A 52-year-old Anacortes woman was arrested for trespassing at a local retailer on Saturday afternoon. The store manager recognized that the woman was recently banned from the store so she called police. Officers contacted the woman and arrested her without incident. She was later released with a copy of her trespassing citation.

APD Officers arrested a 23-year-old Anacortes man on Saturday night. The man was banging on the door to his girlfriend’s home upon their arrival at her residence that night and he was verbally confrontational when taken into custody on multiple warrants. Police were made aware of a problem at the residence when someone called 911 dispatch to report that a man was yelling and a physical argument may have occurred. Police spoke with everyone in the home and nothing physical was reported to them, so the man was booked in the county jail on his warrants.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

An officer on patrol on South March’s Point Road observed an older white car parked near a business that was closed for the evening just after midnight on Sunday morning. The officer contacted two people inside the vehicle and asked them what they were doing. They said they were looking for a motel in Anacortes, but did not know how to get there. When asked if either of them had warrants, one of them, a 42-year-old from Mount Vernon, admitted that he had a warrant and he was taken into custody without incident and booked in the county jail.

Two APD Officers responded to West 7th Street late Sunday morning. The man who called police stated that his girlfriend had scratched him during an altercation in the home. The man told the investigating officers that he was packing his bags in an attempt to leave her when she came into the room and began scratching him on the face, arm, and shoulder. His girlfriend, a local 32-year-old, was also on scene and she was taken into custody without incident and booked in jail on a domestic violence assault charge.

An Anacortes resident living on the south side of town called police late Sunday morning to report hearing possible gunshots in the area of Mt. Erie. The area was checked but nothing of interest was located and no other calls were received reference this incident.

Monday, November 19, 2018

The Animal Control Officer responded to a report of a seagull with a broken wing on Monday morning. The bird was gone upon her arrival to the business on 9th Street where the animal was last seen.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

The Animal Control Officer captured an injured seagull and transported it to a local animal hospital to be euthanized on Tuesday morning.

A woman called police on Tuesday to report that she had received multiple scam phone calls over the past several weeks. She knew the calls were scams, so she did not provide her social security number as requested by the callers.

A local woman called police on Tuesday to report that a large breed dog escaped from the back yard of a home on San Juan Avenue and attacked her and her mid-sized dog when they were walking by. The woman showed the investigating officer a bite to her hand and the officer also took photos of injuries to the woman’s dog. The Animal Control Officer spoke with the owner of the large breed dog and informed him of the necessity to quarantine his dog for 10 days. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Just after 6PM on Wednesday, an APD Officer observed an older model Ford car with a burnt-out headlight driving on SR 20. The officer pulled the car over to speak with the 27-year-old man from Kent who was driving the car. The driver told the officer that he purchased the car earlier that day. An additional item of information he provided was that his license was suspended. The driver was arrested for driving while license suspended and later released at the scene after agreeing to call a friend with a license to drive it from the side of the road.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

At 8:30 on Thursday morning, an APD Officer patrolling on M Avenue made a traffic stop on a Mazda sedan with a bad tail light. The 25-year-old Oak Harbor driver said she knew that her registration was expired, she did not have insurance, and a routine check later revealed that her license was suspended. She was taken into custody for driving while license suspended and later released from custody. A passenger in the car, a 39-year-old Anacortes man, had an arrest warrant out of the Anacortes Municipal Court and he was taken into custody as well and later booked in the county jail on his warrant.

An APD Officer pulled an older model Ford SUV over in the 900 block of 11th Street on Thursday evening about 9:00 PM after he discovered that the title had not been transferred on the vehicle though it was sold over 3 months prior. The 46-year-old Anacortes driver admitted that he did not have a valid driver’s license. He also mentioned that he did not have the registration for the SUV, or proof that the car was insured since it was not his. The officer also noticed that there was a woman in the back seat clearly trying to avoid being recognized. A routine check on the driver revealed that he had a Skagit County District Court warrant, a suspended license, and was required to have an ignition interlock, a feature not present in the vehicle. He was arrested on his warrant, driving charge, failure to have an ignition interlock, and failure to transfer title, then transported to APD. In the meantime, the female passenger was identified as the man’s girlfriend and there was a no contact order between them which resulted in additional charges for the driver.

Narcotics K-9, T-Bone, alerted to the presence of illegal narcotics in the vehicle so it was towed from the scene and later searched. The driver was booked in the Skagit County Community Justice Center on his warrant and new charges.

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.