Police Beat

Two teenagers caught by Anacortes Police with marijuana late one night opted into the Education Citation Program, which is designed to keep kids out of the court system.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Just after 1AM on Saturday, an APD Officer contacted a juvenile male and female in a vehicle at Volunteer Park after park hours. The male immediately exited the back seat of the car upon the officer’s arrival and exhaled a puff of marijuana smoke. The 17-year-old admitted that he was smoking the drug. The other vehicle occupant was a 16-year-old female. She exited the smoke-filled car and when she was searched incident to arrest, the officer discovered a small amount of marijuana. A search of the vehicle revealed a small quantity of marijuana and various paraphernalia items as well as a bottle of whiskey and several unopened beer cans. Both juveniles accepted the opportunity to participate in the Education Citation Program in lieu of criminal charges. The Education Citation Program connects kids who have been caught using alcohol or marijuana to education and intervention services in the community.

Early Saturday morning, a resident in the area of 25th Street and H Avenue contacted police to report a vehicle prowl that occurred sometime after 11:30AM the day prior, most likely overnight. The woman left her vehicle unlocked and some jewelry, electronics, and sunglasses worth over $1,000 cumulatively were stolen.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

On Sunday morning at 8:30, an APD Officer pulled a late model sports car over after the registration returned to a local woman with a suspended driver’s license. The 32-year-old driver admitted that she did not have a good license and was driving to work. She was arrested, cited, and released after she was advised of her mandatory court date later in the month.

A woman called APD on Sunday morning to report that her mother had recently received a fraudulent phone call and check recently. Per the woman’s statement, a check from an unknown source for over $8,000 showed up in the mail. The following day, someone called the woman, did not identify himself or herself, and told her about the check and a sports car that she would soon receive. The woman did not provide any information to the fraudsters and was told to cease communication with them and block their number on her phone.  

Just before 5PM on Sunday, several APD Officers responded to a possible domestic violence situation in the 800 block of 28th Street. In speaking with the man and woman at the residence, the situation was an ongoing verbal exchange between the two and no crime was committed. However, the 35-year-old Anacortes male admitted that he had a warrant for his arrest. He was taken into custody and transported to APD. He was later released with a new court date since the jail would not accept him on his warrant.

A resident in the Rock Ridge area of Anacortes contacted police just after 9PM on Sunday to report a black bear in the neighborhood 30 minutes prior. The reporting party provided surveillance video of the juvenile suspect, but there were no female prospects in the area, so he moved along on his own accord.

Just before midnight on Sunday night, an APD Officer in his marked patrol car was driving on D Avenue near the intersection of 23rd Street. The radar revealed that an oncoming SUV was traveling approximately 20 mph over the posted speed limit, so the officer turned around and pulled the vehicle over. The 33-year-old Arkansas driver provided the required documentation to the officer who noticed a slight smell of alcohol coming from the car. The woman admitted that she had consumed alcohol earlier in the day and voluntarily took roadside tests. A breath test taken at the police station were under the limit, so she was cited for first degree negligent driving and later released.  

Monday, May 6, 2019

Just before 11AM on Monday, officers were dispatched to Stankus Place per the report of a man and woman fighting near a vehicle in the area. Though the two denied that anything physical had occurred, There was evidence of the 24-year-old woman assaulting the man, her boyfriend, so she was taken into custody for domestic violence assault and transported to jail where she was booked on her charge.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

An APD Sergeant contacted the driver of an older model sedan early Tuesday afternoon to discuss the status of her driver’s license. The 31-year-old Bow woman was taken into custody for driving while license suspended after investigation confirmed that she was driving illegally. When asked why she was driving, the woman said she was on her way to court. She was later released and will be receiving a copy of her citation for driving while license suspended and operating a vehicle without an interlock device.

A 31-year-old Mount Vernon woman was given a failure to yield the right of way ticket on Tuesday afternoon after she drove her car into the roundabout in the path of a late model SUV that had the right of way. No one was injured, but both vehicles sustained reportable damage.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

On Wednesday morning, an employee of Mt. Erie School advised APD of a theft incident that occurred sometime overnight. Per the staff member’s statement, someone stole the lost-and-found box from the front of the school sometime after 10PM the day prior. There are no suspects at this time.

Just before 10PM on Wednesday, an APD Corporal and Sergeant responded to the 1900 block of M Avenue to investigate a domestic violence incident reported through 911 dispatch. Officers knocked on the door and spoke with a woman who was clearly upset about the situation. In speaking with the woman, it was determined that her husband had been drinking that day and broke a locked interior door and pushed her so she called 911. The 55-year-old man had fled the area when police arrived and they were unable to locate him. He faces a possible domestic violence assault charge.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

A Thursday evening call to police entailed a malicious mischief complaint from an RV owner whose trailer was parked on 6th Street. The victim told police that someone cut the propane hose on the outside of his trailer so he shut the valve off after hearing a hissing sound. 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

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.

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