Police Beat

Leading off this week's Police Blotter... Someone defaced the historic Depot building this week.

An Officer took photos of the east side of the Depot building on Thursday afternoon after receiving a report of graffiti—crude images and verbiage—that were painted on the building. The officer reported the incident to the responsible City of Anacortes department to be cleaned up.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Just after midnight on Saturday morning, an APD Officer arrested a local 24-year-old woman who struck her boyfriend on the chest during an argument. Police were made aware of the situation by a nearby neighbor who heard yelling and called 911. Officers investigated and spoke with all parties involved, including the suspect who was asleep when officers arrived. The woman was taken into custody without incident and booked in jail on a domestic violence assault charge.

An APD Officer responded to the 2200 block of 26th Street at 3AM on Saturday per the report of a loud explosion and flashes of light in the area. The officer took custody of a base for igniting fireworks, but was unable to find anything or anyone else of interest.

Just after 8PM on Saturday, an APD Officer on patrol on 3rd Street observed a late model sports car turn onto O Avenue without using a turn signal. The vehicle then traveled for approximately one block at 10mph and made an abrupt turn onto the right shoulder of the road, causing the officer to slam on his brakes. The officer contacted the 24-year-old Anacortes driver and explained that he pulled him over due to his fitful driving behavior and failure to use his turn signals. The driver’s license was suspended, and he admitted that he was aware of this. He was taken into custody and cited before he was released at the scene.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Early Sunday morning, an APD Officer ran the registration of an older model sedan driving in front of him on State Route 20 near Thompson Road. The vehicle check returned to an owner with a suspended license and the officer had reason to believe that the driver was the registered owner. After making a traffic stop and confirming the driver’s identity, the officer took him into custody for driving with license suspended and operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock. He was later released at the scene after agreeing to appear in court later in late August.

A 34-year-old Oak Harbor woman forgot to pay some speeding tickets which resulted in her license suspension by DOL, and a subsequent arrest for driving while license suspended. An APD Officer pulled her over on 27th Street to discuss the matter and the driver said she thought she had taken care of the issue. She had not, so she was placed in cuffs and later released with a copy of her citation.

 A 57-year-old Oak Harbor man was arrested on the side of Marches Point Road on Sunday afternoon. The man caught an officer’s eye since he was rummaging through bags and spreading debris along the side of the road. A routine check revealed that the man had two Anacortes Municipal Court warrants for possession of a legend drug, so he was taken into custody. A check with the jail revealed that they would not accept him on the warrants, so he was cited and released on scene after agreeing to appear in court on the pre-determined date.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Early Tuesday afternoon, an APD Officer investigated a three-car, non-injury collision on a congested Oakes Avenue. Per driver statements, the lead vehicle braked abruptly to avoid a collision with a vehicle that pulled into the roadway from Dakota Avenue. Although one collision was avoided, the next two drivers, distracted by a nearby lemonade state, rear-ended the vehicles in front of them and were given tickets for following too close.

A 16-year-old Anacortes driver was given a ticket for failure to yield the right of way after she pulled in front of a southbound vehicle on R Avenue causing a two-car collision at the intersection of 32nd Street. No one was injured.

Just after 9PM on Tuesday, an APD Officer on patrol in the area of Commercial Avenue and 6th Street observed an older model sedan with an inoperable headlight so he pulled the car over in the 1000 block of 6th Street. The 42-year-old Oak Harbor driver told the officer that he just discovered the burnt-out headlight and planned to fix it in the morning. The driver provided a Washington State ID card to the officer, stating that he was working on getting his driving status taken care of. A routine check revealed that his license was suspended and he was taken into custody without incident, then released at the scene.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

An APD Officer assisted the Anacortes Fire Department by providing traffic control assistance at Mt. Erie on Wednesday afternoon due to a vehicle fire in the area.

An 18-year-old Anacortes driver was given a ticket for failure to yield the right of way on Wednesday afternoon after she entered the Sharpes Corner roundabout in front of a vehicle attempting to exit the roundabout towards Oak Harbor. No one was injured, but both late model vehicles sustained reportable damage.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

A 31-year-old motorcycle rider avoided injury in a two-vehicle collision on Commercial Avenue near 30th Street. The rider told the investigating officer that he was looking left and right for vehicles entering the roadway and failed to notice that the Subaru in front of him stopped abruptly for traffic. The motorcyclist was given a ticket for following too close.

Friday, August 16, 2019

A 30-year-old Eastsound woman was arrested in the upper Cap Sante lookout early Friday morning. An APD Corporal contacted the vehicle she was in just after midnight because the park was closed. The woman initially provided a name that was not hers, then gave her real name and provided her Washington State Driver’s License. A routine check revealed an outstanding warrant out of Skagit County District Court for failure to transfer title and trip permit violation. She was taken into custody without incident and booked in jail on her warrant.

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