Police Beat

Police arrested a man in connection with the assault on his ex-wife while they waited in a vehicle at the Anacortes Guemes Island Ferry landing.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Just before 7AM on Saturday, May 11, an APD Officer responded to the Guemes Ferry parking lot on I Avenue per the report of a woman screaming in a vehicle and a man nearby who was possibly associated with her. An officer went to speak with the woman who was very emotional and dabbing blood from her mouth and nose with a cloth. The woman told the officer that she and her ex-boyfriend were waiting in the car and they got involved in an argument about the use of her cellphone. The argument escalated to the point that the man, a 58-year-old later arrested by police, grabbed her by the throat and punched her in the face. When interviewed, the man provided a similar set of circumstances. A routine check revealed that he had a warrant for driving while license suspended. He was taken into custody on his warrant and domestic violence assault charges. A search incident to arrest yielded a small amount of methamphetamine and an associated pipe used to ingest the drug. He was booked in the county jail on his warrant and an investigative hold for drug and assault charges.   

An 84-year-old Idaho man was given a ticket for unsafe backing on Saturday evening after backing into a pedestrian crossing sign at the corner of 12th and H Avenue. No one was injured.

Just before midnight on Saturday, an APD Officer responded to a reported motor vehicle accident involving an older model SUV that struck an unoccupied parked car in the 1100 block of 22nd Street.  The first officer on scene helped the intoxicated 34-year-old SUV driver get out of her vehicle. The woman had a very difficult time standing on her own and her eyes were droopy and glazed over. Medical personnel arrived to check on the driver and she did not have any noticeable injuries, so officers continued their investigation. Through slurred speech, the woman admitted that she had been drinking and voluntarily took some of the roadside tests, until officers determined it was unsafe to do so due to her high level of intoxication. She was taken into custody for DUI and transported to APD to be processed. While at the station, the woman provided a breath sample of multiple times over the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. She was later released to medics due to her high level of intoxication.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Just before noon on Monday, APD Officers were on South March’s Point Road when they observed a man and woman known to police to have a no contact order between the two of them, with the man as the protected party. The 24-year-old woman was taken into custody for violating the order and a search of her purse incident to arrest yielded items frequently used to ingest illegal narcotics--a used needle and several pieces of burnt foil. She was booked in the county jail on charges of violation of a no contact order and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Early Monday afternoon, a passerby approached an Auxiliary Patrol volunteer on patrol on Commercial Avenue with details about people who may be using illegal narcotics in a vehicle parked at a nearby business. The volunteer passed the information along to Patrol Officers who responded and located the associated vehicle and a man and woman therein. Police were familiar with the two, and a routine check revealed that the man had a warrant out of the Anacortes Municipal Court for the use and delivery of drug paraphernalia. He was taken into custody without incident. Officers were granted permission to search the car and discovered several used syringes, cans with burnt residue, and other drug paraphernalia. The man was booked and released on his warrant. Both subjects face possible drug paraphernalia charges as a result of the search of the vehicle.

Just before 4PM on Monday, an APD Officer responded to a local grocery store per an employee’s report of a theft that had just occurred. The employee showed officers video surveillance, and one of the responding officers recognized the 27-year-old male suspect from other contacts. A short time later, an officer found the man sitting in a sports car nearby, so he got out to contact him. The suspect then fled on foot and was not re-located at that time.

Just after 8PM on Monday, an APD Officer on patrol on D Avenue observed a speeding SUV without a passenger side mirror, so he pulled the vehicle over. As the car slowed to a stop, a male passenger sprung from the car, and the officer recognized the man as a theft suspect who had fled from police approximately 4 hours prior. After a short foot pursuit, the officer took the fleeing suspect into custody and he was later booked in jail on two arrest warrants.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

An 87-year-old Anacortes woman was given a ticket for unsafe backing on Tuesday morning after her SUV struck a building on 27th Street. The woman said she pressed her gas pedal too forcefully and it rammed into the side of a nearby building. No one was injured; however, the car and building sustained reportable damage.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

At 5:30 Wednesday morning, an APD Officer on patrol on D Avenue observed an older model car exceeding the posted 30mph speed limit by over 20mph as it came down the hill. The officer pulled in behind the car and pulled it over. The driver, a 51-year-old Olga, Wash. man, yelled out the window that he was almost late for the ferry. The man further admitted that he had been speeding. A routine check of his driver’s license revealed that it was suspended as of January for an unpaid ticket. He was taken into custody for driving while license suspended, and later released with a copy of his citation and speeding ticket.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Just before noon on Thursday, an APD Officer on patrol on South March’s Point Road pulled in behind an older model SUV that turned south onto Thompson Road, then signaled for a left turn onto SR 20, but continued on through the intersection instead of turning. Additionally, the SUV had a badly cracked windshield. The officer pulled the car over to speak with the driver, a 55-year-old Mount Vernon woman, who readily admitted that her license was suspended, but she intended to renew it in a week. She was taken into custody for driving while license suspended and later determined to have a misdemeanor arrest warrant out of Whatcom County for failure to appear on an assault charge. The driver gave officers permission to search her vehicle and they discovered several drug paraphernalia items, including a long, glass tube with burn marks on it. The woman was transported to APD and later turned over to a Whatcom County Deputy. She now faces charging for driving while license suspended and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was also given a ticket for no insurance on her vehicle.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Mid-morning on Friday, an APD Officer took a mail theft report from a person staying at a residence on Fidalgo Bay Road. The reporting party told police that he was expecting a set of license plates in the mail but they did not arrive. He suspects someone stole them from the mailbox. There are no suspects at this time.

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

5,302 Confirmed Skagit Cases
460-469 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

350 Hospitalizations
74 Deaths
61,181 Fully Vaccinated
68,746 Initial Doses Given


410,195 Confirmed Cases Statewide
24,930 Hospitalizations

5,810 Deaths Statewide
3,637,611 Fully Vaccinated
4,122,446 Initial Doses Given

Updated 5:00 pm, June 17, 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