Police Beat

Anacortes Police booked a 49-year old man in the Skagit County Community Justice Center on Friday, June 21, on an investigative hold for child molestation. The Anacortes Police Department’s Detective Unit has been involved in a weeklong investigation after a potential victim’s parent filed a report on Sunday afternoon, June 16. One victim has been identified at this time. Investigation continues.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

At approximately 5AM on Saturday, APD Officers were dispatched to an apartment complex on 28th Street per the report of a possible domestic violence situation. There was an open line to the dispatcher and yelling in the background. Within minutes, officers were on scene speaking with a man and woman in the front parking lot of the complex and the woman was loading children into her car. Investigation revealed that the exchange was verbal only; nothing physical had occurred. Although no one was arrested for the original call, the 35-year old male was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant, and transported to the police station where he was later booked and released on his warrant.

A 16-year old Anacortes driver told police she did not know where her attention was prior to an accident involving her vehicle and a parked, empty car on 8th Street. Both vehicles sustained reportable damage; no one was injured. The teen was given a ticket for improper lane usage.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Just before 3:30AM on Sunday, APD Officers responded to a fight between two individuals in the area of Q Avenue and 8th Street. The reporting party could not see anything, but heard yelling in the area, so he called 911 to ask for help. The first officer on scene spoke with a distraught man whose face was bloody from a fight. The victim told police that he was familiar with the assailant and was confronted by him a few minutes prior. The incident escalated from a verbal disagreement to a physical fight, started by the man who ran off.  During the altercation, the assailant grabbed a handful of cash from the victim before leaving on foot. Officers were unable to locate the suspect, but had probable cause to arrest him for second-degree robbery. Early Monday afternoon, APD Officers responded to the 1000 block of Commercial per the report of a disorderly man in the area. Police contacted a 28-year old man in the area to address the disorderly complaint, and recognized him as the suspect in this case. He was interviewed reference his involvement in the fight and booked in the Skagit County Community Justice Center on an investigative hold for robbery.

On Sunday at 10AM, an APD Officer on patrol contacted the driver of an older model coupe because the car did not have the required front license plate. The 33-year old Stanwood driver stated that the plate was in place, and was able to prove it to the officer. The driver surmised that the plate must have moved upward due to air movement as the car moved, and came down when it stopped. A routine check of the driver revealed that his license was suspended and he had a misdemeanor warrant. The jail would not accept for the warrant, so the man was released on scene with a copy of his citations for driving while license suspended and fraudulently altering his identification card. He was also given a ticket for driving without insurance on his vehicle.

Monday, June 17, 2019

A 56-year old man from Victoria, BC, was issued a ticket by an APD Officer on Monday afternoon after the trailer he was pulling struck the side of a vehicle waiting next to his vehicle as he pulled on to Commercial Avenue from 32nd Street. The SUV sustained reportable damage, but no one was injured.

A little after 7PM on Monday, APD Officers were dispatched to the 1900 block of M Avenue per the report of a possible domestic in progress. The initial report stated that a woman had hit her boyfriend with her hand and a bag of dog waste, later determined to be a bag of dog vomit. Officers spoke with the woman who admitted that she had been in an argument and things were physical between her and her boyfriend. She was taken into custody and booked in the Skagit County Jail on an assault domestic violence charge.  

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Mid-afternoon on Tuesday, an APD Corporal on patrol near the intersection of 16th ST and L Avenue observed a 44-year old man on a bicycle who he knew had a warrant for his arrest. When the bicyclist noticed that he was being contacted by the Corporal, due to the illuminated emergency lights on the patrol vehicle, he began pedaling faster and turned down the alleyway to a family member’s home on 18th Street where he attempted to hide out. Officers arrived on scene and were able to call the man out of hiding and take him into custody without incident. When asked why he sped up, the man admitted that he knew he had a warrant and did not want to go to jail. The man was booked in the county jail on his warrant and charges of obstructing and possession of methamphetamine for a bag of drugs found near him at the time of arrest.

An APD Officer made a traffic stop on a Dodge SUV on Tuesday afternoon after the vehicle rolled through a stop sign at the intersection of N Avenue and 8th Street. The driver was a 56-year old from Texas. The officer identified the man and a routine check of his background revealed that he had an extraditable warrant out of Texas for larceny. He was transported to the Skagit County Community Justice Center where he was booked on his warrant.

Just after 9PM on Tuesday, an APD Officer stopped a late model Subaru for driving 20 mph over the posted 25 mph speed limit on Sunset Avenue. The 35-year old Michigan driver admitted that he knew he was speeding and was in a hurry to catch the sunset. The man was unable to provide a valid driver’s license, so he was taken into custody. A short time later, a family member retrieved his valid Michigan license and the man was released with a copy of his speeding infraction.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

At 10:30PM on Tuesday, an APD Officer was on patrol on State Route 20 when he was made aware of a poorly driven sedan traveling westbound near the intersection of Thompson Road. The officer caught up to the vehicle near the intersection of R Avenue and highway 20 and observed the vehicle weaving within the lane of travel. At 30th Street, the vehicle made a very wide eastbound turn, then a northbound turn onto T Avenue where it nearly struck a parked semi-truck. The officer ultimately pulled the car over on Q Avenue and spoke with the 23-year old man driving the vehicle. The driver had droopy and bloodshot eyes, and the smell of alcohol was coming from the car. The man admitted to consuming alcohol that afternoon and agreed to take roadside sobriety tests. The driver performed poorly on the tests and had a difficult time with balance, nearly falling over on multiple occasions. The man provided a voluntary breath sample yielding results over the legal limit to safely and legally operate a motor vehicle. He also admitted to marijuana use earlier in the day and demonstrated behavior consistent with the ingestion of controlled substances. As such, Mount Vernon’s K-9 Unit responded and the narcotics K-9 exhibited behavior consistent with the presence of illegal narcotics, so the vehicle was impounded and later searched for drugs. The driver was arrested on a DUI charge and later booked in jail for DUI and an investigative hold for Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. 

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

1,095 Skagit Cases (+5)
<60 Cases in ZIP 98221

98 Hospitalizations (+1)
22 Deaths (+0)
37,247 Tests
NA% Positive

85,226 Cases Statewide (+988)
7,412 Hospitalizations (+55)

2,100 Deaths Statewide (+20)

Updated 8:00 pm September 25, 2020.

Our Coronavirus page is updated each morning.

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

Restaurants open for take out or delivery. Anacortes Chamber of Commerce list.

Community Events