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A man who called police in the middle of the night to report his wife locked him out of the house ended up being booked in the jail for domestic violence assault.

A local 33-year-old man called police just before 2AM on Thursday, May 23, to report that his wife locked him out of the house. Police arrived and spoke with the man standing in his driveway. He told officers that his wife was upset with him and was refusing to talk. In speaking with the man’s wife, it was determined that they had an argument earlier in the evening and in the course of the argument, her husband shook kitty litter on her and pinned her against the headboard of the bed but she was not injured. The husband was taken into custody and booked in jail for domestic violence assault.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Monday, May 20, 2019

A 31-year-old Bow woman was booked in the county jail on an investigative hold for attempted residential burglary and domestic violence assault on Monday morning. The woman showed up unannounced at her ex-girlfriend’s residence on 10th Street and got upset when she was asked to leave, so she struck her ex-girlfriend in the face and after a brief struggle, the victim ran into the house and the suspect followed after her, attempting to gain entry. When officers arrived, the suspect had left the area in a vehicle. Based on the vehicle and suspect description, officers contacted her a block away and took her into custody without incident.

An APD Officer pulled a Chrysler SUV over near the intersection of 12th Street and D Avenue on Monday afternoon after discovering that the tabs were expired as of January 2019. The 23-year-old Anacortes driver was aware of the expired vehicle registration and was unable to provide a valid driver’s license or insurance for the vehicle, stating that she had purchased it recently and had not transferred the title or registered the vehicle. Further investigation revealed that she had three misdemeanor warrants for driving while license suspended. She was taken into custody on her warrants and suspended license charge and later released from the scene after agreeing to appear in court.

A 29-year-old Friday Harbor man was banned from a local hotel on Monday afternoon about 5:20PM after hotel staff called police because he had jumped the counter and reached towards staff. The man was given a copy of his trespass notice and agreed to leave the property. Then, at 5:40PM, a man who was banned from the hotel 20 minutes earlier called in a report of someone with a firearm. APD Officers responded to the scene and spoke with the man, who was speaking illogically. There was no evidence of anyone with a firearm, and the room the man claimed to be occupying was vacant. Since the man was banned from the business for one year, he was taken into custody for trespassing and transported to the police station. He was later released with a copy of his citation after agreeing to appear in court later in the month and not return to the business.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

An Anacortes Police Officer responded to Marine Heights Way on Tuesday to speak with a late mode SUV driver who had just backed out of his driveway and struck a work truck parked in the area. The 72-year-old was given a ticket for unsafe backing. No one was injured.

Early Tuesday afternoon, an SUV driving northbound on R Avenue approaching 22nd Street slowed for the intersection and was struck from behind by a Volkswagen sedan. The 19-year-old did not have insurance on the vehicle, so he was given a ticket for no insurance and following too close.

Mid-afternoon on Tuesday, an APD officer responded to Sharpes Corner to investigate a two-car, non-injury motor vehicle collision between two damaged SUV’s. His investigation revealed that a Ford SUV entered the roundabout without accounting for the Jeep that was already in the roundabout and had the right-of-way. The Ford driver’s pocketbook is now a little lighter due to a $136 ticket for failure to yield. 

Around dinnertime on Tuesday, an Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to the 1000 block of Q Avenue to investigate an attempted gas theft from an SUV parked in the area. The victim told the officer that someone attempted to remove the locking gas cap from the vehicle and caused damage to the cap and paint surrounding the cap. It will cost her over $100 to repair the damage to her vehicle.

A juvenile male from the Tacoma area faces criminal charges after he threatened violence in the Anacortes High School. The threat was sent anonymously via a post on Instagram. APD Officers found the person responsible for the post and, with the help of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, determined that he had no plans to follow through with the threat. Anacortes Police Detectives are continuing the investigation. Criminal charges are forthcoming.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Just after 8AM on Wednesday, an APD Officer on patrol at 22nd Street and J Avenue observed an older model sedan fail to use its turn signal, so he performed a traffic stop. The driver, a 37-year-old Anacortes woman, said she did not signal because the bulb was burned out. A routine check of her driving status revealed that it was suspended, so she was taken into custody and later released at the scene with a copy of her citation.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

An APD Officer took a catalytic converter theft report on Thursday afternoon. The victim vehicle was parked on Summit Park Road when the incident occurred. There are no suspects.

Early Thursday evening, a man came to the police department to report that his laptop was stolen from his vehicle whilst it was parked in the lot at the base of Mt. Erie. He parked the car there at 3:30PM and returned about two-and-a-half hours later to discover that his driver’s side window was smashed in and several items were missing from therein. There are no suspects.

At 10PM on Thursday, APD Officers responded to 17th Street per the report of a verbal dispute between a man and woman there. Upon arrival, officers determined that the woman living there was the suspect, so she was taken into custody and booked in jail on a domestic violence assault charge. Her significant other called in after the two engaged in a verbal argument that turned physical when she struck him in the arm.

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.

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390-399 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

299 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
37,483 Fully Vaccinated
52,143 Initial Doses Given


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