Police Beat

Two men were booked in County jail for robbery and possible drug charges following an assault in downtown Anacortes.

Several calls were placed to 911 dispatch at 1AM on Sept. 12 reference a man in the area of 12th and Commercial who looked like he was bleeding from his eye. Officers responded to the area and medics transported the man to the hospital to be treated for injuries sustained in an assault that occurred nearby. Investigation revealed that the man got into an altercation with two men known to him over a small amount of money. Officers were unable to locate the male suspects that morning. Approximately 12 hours later, an APD Officer contacted both male suspects walking along Commercial Avenue and spoke with them reference their involvement in the evening’s events. Both men were taken into custody and a search of one of their backpacks yielded a syringe with possible heroin residue. The other suspect had methamphetamine in his pocket. Both men were booked in the Skagit County Jail on an investigative hold for robbery and also face possible drug charges as a result of the items found on them when arrested.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

A 49-year-old Anacortes man called police on Sunday afternoon to report that someone had threatened him. Officers spoke with the man who provided his version of events, but opted not to pursue criminal charges against the other party. Officers discovered that the man was in possession of a handgun without a concealed permit. He was taken into custody and later released with a copy of his citation.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Mid-morning on Wednesday, the Animal Control Officer attempted to locate a squirrel that, per the report she received, was stranded on a telephone pole on Commercial Avenue. The squirrel was not located.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

An APD Officer took a theft complaint from a T Avenue business representative who called police to report a male yelling and screaming at him. The employee heard a noise early that morning, so he walked outside and noticed that someone was attempting to remove an extension cord and plug adaptor from the wall. The suspect yelled at him, so he went back inside and called 911 to speak with an officer. The officer was unable to locate the suspect, but discovered an abandoned bag in the area and recovered the stolen plug adaptor from within. The adaptor was returned to the victim.

An APD Officer responded to a report of a loud flash and bang report on B Avenue on Thursday morning. Though no suspects were located, there was a firework fragment and a burn mark on the street.

A 58-year old Mill Creek man was given a ticket for improper lane usage for his involvement in a two-car motor vehicle accident on at 12th and Commercial Avenue. No one was injured, but both late model SUV’s sustained reportable damage when the at-fault driver made a wide right turn onto southbound Commercial.

A Skagit Transit rider could not get their dog to come out from under the bus seat, so someone called the police for help. The owner was able to free the dog before the officer’s arrival.

Friday, September 13, 2019

An Anacortes resident called police after he received a phone call stating he had a warrant for his arrest. The fraudster attempted to glean personal identifying information from the victim, but none was provided.

Police responded to 28th and Commercial per the report of a pickup that had jumped the curb and was parked across the lane of travel. The lone occupant, the 72-year old male in the driver’s seat, was transported by ambulance to the hospital to be treated for a medical condition. A routine check on the driver revealed that his license was suspended. He faces possible charging for driving on a suspended license.  

Just after 9PM on Friday, an APD Officer observed a man known to have a suspended license operating a vehicle on Commercial Avenue, so he followed the vehicle to the area of 29th St. and Commercial Avenue. The vehicle turned westbound on 29th Street without using a signal, and then accelerated as it traveled west so the officer turned on his emergency lights and sirens. The driver continued to speed up; traveling through several intersections at high speeds without stopping, so the officer discontinued the pursuit. Several minutes later, an APD Sergeant located the driver on foot nearby, so she took him into custody and he was taken to jail on an investigative hold for driving while license suspended and eluding. Officers then searched the area for the car and discovered it parked amongst some trees on N Avenue. K9 T-Bone was deployed around the outside of the car and responded in a way that was consistent with the presence of illegal narcotics in the vehicle. The car was towed and later searched and a broken pipe with white residue, possibly methamphetamine, was discovered under the seat. The driver faces possible drug paraphernalia charges as a result of the search.

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