Police Beat

An Anacortes man is being held in county jail for investigation of assault after reportedly choking his girlfriend.

Just after 10PM on Saturday, Apr. 6, APD Officers responded to a report of a physical domestic violence incident on 26th Street. A woman called 911 dispatch to report that her boyfriend had struck her. Officers spoke with the woman and her boyfriend on scene and determined that the two had an argument about their relationship and it escalated to the point that her boyfriend put his hands around her neck and cut off her circulation. The 38-year-old Anacortes man was taken into custody and booked in the county jail on an investigative hold for assault.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Just after noon on Saturday, an APD Officer pulled a sedan over on Hillcrest Drive with expired registration tabs as of January 2018. The 54-year-old Anacortes driver provided several temporary trip permits, and none of them were current. A routine check on the driver revealed a felony warrant out of Skagit County Superior Court for Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. He was taken into custody and booked in to county jail on his warrant and issued a criminal citation for failure to transfer title within 45 days of purchase and trip permit violation.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Mid-day on Sunday, an APD Officer was dispatched to an apartment on R Avenue. The reporting party told the dispatcher that there was a woman exiting an apartment that was supposed to be vacant. The responding officer spoke with a man outside who knew the woman and he asked her to come outside. A routine check revealed that she had 3 misdemeanor arrest warrants. The 32-year-old Oak Harbor woman was arrested without incident and booked in county jail on her warrants.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Early Monday morning, an APD Sergeant on patrol on Q Avenue pulled an older model sedan over with an expired registration as of December 2018. After the Sergeant turned on her overhead lights, the car pulled into a restaurant parking lot on the 1300 block of Commercial. The driver immediately admitted that she knew about the expired registration tabs and apologized for not renewing them. During the course of her interaction with the driver, the Sergeant observed two people in the back seat; one was a local 39-year-old woman with a felony warrant for her arrest. She was asked to come out of the vehicle and was taken into custody without incident. She was then transported to jail and booked on her warrant. A citation for the driver’s failure to transfer the title of her vehicle was given to the court to be mailed to the driver.

A West 5th Street resident called police Monday morning after he discovered some loose change missing from his unlocked car. It appeared that someone had entered his unlocked vehicle sometime overnight and rifled through the contents. There are no suspects.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

A 30-year-old Burlington man was given a ticket for following too close after his involvement in a non-injury accident on SR 20 approaching the Reservation Road intersection. The man rear-ended a pickup in front of him at the intersection, causing reportable damage to both vehicles.

Mid-afternoon on Tuesday, an APD Officer on bike patrol observed an older model SUV with expired registration tabs as of July 2018. The officer spoke with the 50-year-old male driver about the tabs and ran a routine check on him. Investigation revealed that the man had an arrest warrant out of Anacortes Municipal Court for domestic violence assault. He was taken into custody on his warrant and booked in the Skagit County Community Justice Center.

An 84-year-old Anacortes woman was turning onto Commercial Avenue from 37th Street when her vehicle struck the rear passenger side of an oncoming SUV causing reportable damage to both vehicles. No one was injured. The woman was given a ticket for making an improper turn.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Just after noon on Thursday, the driver of an older model Chevy pickup, driven by a local 59-year-old man, pulled into the path of an oncoming Toyota sedan driving on R Avenue. There were no injuries. The driver of the pickup issued a ticket for failure to yield.

At 6PM on Thursday, an APD Officer on patrol on Q Avenue observed a man he recognized with a warrant issued by the Anacortes Municipal Court for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Officers contacted the man in the 2000 block of Q and took him into custody without incident. A search incident to arrest yielded a straw with burn marks commonly used to ingest illegal narcotics. The jail declined to accept the man on his charges or warrant, so he was transported to the police department and later booked and released on his warrant and issued a criminal citation for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Friday, April 12, 2019

A local woman called police on Friday morning to report that someone called her to ask for her Medicare number. She did not provide any information and was advised of other common scams affecting the area.

Nine scrap car batteries worth under $100 were stolen from a property on H Avenue sometime within the past week. 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

5,024 Confirmed Skagit Cases
410-419 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

324 Hospitalizations
70 Deaths
48,187 Fully Vaccinated
59,306 Initial Doses Given


385,762 Confirmed Cases Statewide
23,019 Hospitalizations

5,614 Deaths Statewide
2,683,216 Fully Vaccinated
3,528,927 Initial Doses Given

Updated 8 pm, May 12, 2021.

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