Police Beat

Several occupants of two vehicles involved in a collision at 22nd St & Commercial Ave were taken to Island Hospital to treat their injuries.

Just before 4PM on Thursday, May 2, APD Officers were on the scene of a two-car motor vehicle accident at 22nd Street and Commercial Avenue. Investigation revealed that a late model sports car and an older model sedan collided head-on at the intersection after the sports car pulled in front of the sedan as it traveled eastbound on 22nd Street.  The female sports car driver was out of the vehicle when officers arrived and she spoke with slurred speech, stating that she had been drinking earlier in the afternoon. She was later transported by ambulance to the hospital to be treated for possible injuries. Several of the sedan occupants were also taken to the hospital for medical evaluation. The driver of the sports car was determined to be at fault and she was given a ticket for failure to yield and a criminal citation for driving under the influence.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Late Friday night, Anacortes Police Officers were dispatched to the 400 block of O Avenue to investigate a possible assault at the theater. Based on information about the suspect, the first officer on scene contacted a 52-year-old man standing on 4th Street. The man smelled strongly of alcohol and when asked about his possible involvement in an assault at a nearby business, he provided some nonsensical statements, but was unable to provide a clear story, possibly due to his level of intoxication. The officer also interviewed employees at the business and patrons involved in the incident who provided consistent accounts of the suspect hitting a soft drink out of a teen’s hand and aggressively grabbing an employee’s wrist when she asked him to leave the building. The suspect was arrested for assault and later released with a copy of his charging paperwork and a one-year trespass notice.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

APD Officers responded to a business on the 12000 block of Christianson Road mid-morning on Saturday per the report of a male assaulting a female, then walking away on foot. Officers searched for the male suspect but were initially unable to locate him. Early that afternoon, a Swinomish Tribal Police Officer located the suspect, a 36-year-old Anacortes man, near Reservation Road and placed him under arrest without incident. Custody was transferred to an APD Officer and the suspect was questioned about the incident, then booked in the county jail on an investigative hold for assault.

A 30-year-old Eastsound man was arrested for stealing a $7 can of brake cleaner from a local hardware store on Saturday morning. He was walking out of the store when officers arrived and he was told that he matched the description provided by store personnel of a theft suspect. He admitted to stealing the item and was taken into custody and later released with a citation for theft and a trespass notice.

A 37-year-old Anacortes woman was arrested for domestic violence assault on Saturday afternoon after police investigated an incident between the woman and her mother. A determination was made to arrest the woman on domestic violence assault and book her in the county jail after they interviewed her and her mother and were told by the mother that the suspect grabbed her arms during a heated argument, and pushed her into a table and the wall.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Just before 2AM on Sunday, an APD Sergeant contacted a hitchhiker on the 3200 block of Commercial Avenue. The Oak Harbor man told the Sergeant that he just got off work and his phone died, so he wasn’t able to call for a ride. A routine check on the man revealed that he had a misdemeanor arrest warrant, so he was booked and released on his warrant and dropped off at Sharpes Corner after contacting his ride home.

A 39-year-old Marblemount man was arrested and charged with driving while license suspended and failure to transfer title late Sunday night. An APD Officer pulled the man over on SR 20 near Thompson Road for expired registration tabs and inoperable license plates lights on his pickup. The driver stated that he didn’t think his license was valid and the officer later confirmed this via a routine check. He was cited on scene and released after agreeing to appear in court in late May.

Just before midnight on Sunday night, APD Officers on patrol in the area of South March’s Point Road and Reservation Road followed an older model sedan as it drove into the parking lot of a closed business. Within moments, officers located the sedan, but it was unoccupied and two individuals were running away on foot down South March’s Point Road. After a short foot pursuit, a male and female emerged from the ditch along the road and identified themselves. A routine check of the male revealed that he had a suspended license so the 44-year-old was taken into custody for driving while license suspended. The Skagit County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit responded and the drug K-9 alerted to the presence of illegal narcotics in the car, so it was towed from the scene and later searched. During the vehicle search, officers found heroin and several items of drug paraphernalia. The suspect now faces possible drug and paraphernalia charges in addition to his driving charge.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Just after 9AM on Wednesday, an APD Officer on patrol on D Avenue observed an older model Honda with no front license plate, so he turned his patrol car around with the intention of performing a traffic stop. The vehicle pulled in behind a residence off D Avenue and the officer stopped to speak with the male walking away from the vehicle that he had seen behind the wheel. The 29-year-old man was taken into custody after a routine check revealed that his license was suspended. The check also revealed a warrant out of Burlington Municipal Court, and Mount Vernon Municipal Court, but the jail would not accept him on the warrants. He was booked and released on the warrants and given a copy of his driving while license suspended citation.  

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


379,100 Confirmed Cases Statewide
22,614 Hospitalizations

5,539 Deaths Statewide
2,419,434 Fully Vaccinated
3,368,279 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, May 5, 2021.

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