Police Beat

An Anacortes woman was jailed on an assault charge in connection after getting physical with an upset juvenile.

Mid-afternoon on Thursday, Sept. 5, APD Officers investigated a report from an upset juvenile female who stated that she was assaulted by her aunt. Investigation revealed that the juvenile got into a verbal altercation with a relative and the aunt stepped in in an attempt to diffuse the situation. In the process, the aunt allegedly grabbed the juvenile by the wrists and yanked her by the hair. The 52-year-old was taken into custody for assault domestic violence and booked in the Skagit County Jail on her charge.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

An APD Officer responded to the 4400 block of H Avenue after someone call 911 dispatch to report people carrying electronics in and out of a wooded area nearby. Though no electronics was discovered, the officer made contact with a group of individuals, including a 29-year-old Eastsound man with a felony arrest warrant for controlled substance possession and a misdemeanor warrant for trespassing and drug paraphernalia possession. He was booked in the Skagit County Community Justice Center on his warrants.

A Los Angeles driver was given a ticket for failure to yield to vehicles in the Sharpes Corner roundabout. The suspect vehicle sustained minor, unreportable damage and no one was injured.

On Saturday, an APD Officer investigated an accident reported by a witness in the area of D Avenue and 28th Street. Investigation revealed that a sedan illegally passed an older model sports car driving southbound on D Avenue. The sedan driver tailgated the sports car for a short distance, then passed it in the no passing zone and abruptly applied his brakes, causing a collision. The 18-year-old suspect driver was given a ticket for passing in a no-passing zone, causing a collision. Both vehicles were towed from the scene. There were no injuries.

Just after 9PM on Saturday, an APD Officer was following a late model sedan with non-working taillights and expired registration tabs on SR 20, so he pulled the car over. The 34-year-old Federal Way driver had a suspended license, so she was taken into custody without incident and later released at the scene with a copy of her citation.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

A Fir Crest Boulevard resident called police on Sunday morning to report a vehicle prowl that occurred overnight. The victim told police that approximately $800 worth of electronics and sporting equipment were taken in the prowl from his unlocked vehicle sometime since 6PM the night prior.

A late model luxury station wagon was damaged in what is thought to be an attempted vehicle prowl while parked along Q Avenue on Saturday night. A nearby business employee called police when he noticed the damage and an officer took the report, however, there are no suspects at this time.

Just before 6PM on Sunday, an APD Officer made contact with the driver of a damaged SUV after receiving a report that the vehicle struck a sign at the intersection of 22nd and R Avenue.  The 63-year-old Anacortes driver smelled of intoxicants and admitted to drinking some mixed drinks earlier in the afternoon, but thought she was okay to drive. She was taken into custody for DUI and hit and run. When asked what happened at the intersection, she said she swerved to avoid hitting a person. The woman provided a breath sample at the police station of over the legal limit to operate a motor vehicle. She was later released to a family member.

Monday, September 2, 2019

On Monday afternoon, an APD Sergeant was dispatched to a complaint on the Cap Sante Lookout. Based on the vehicle description provided, the Sergeant found the vehicle at a restaurant on the corner of 17th and Commercial Avenue and spoke with the male registered owner as he walked out of the restaurant with food in hand. A routine check revealed that the man had a warrant for his arrest so he was taken into custody. A search incident to arrest yielded a clear wrapper with a which substance, possibly methamphetamine. In another pocket, the Sergeant discovered a small amount of heroin. The 34-year-old Mount Vernon man was booked in the county jail on his warrant and an investigative hold for Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Just after 9AM on Friday, an APD Officer on patrol near Island View Elementary observed a sedan driving approximately 25mph in the 20mph school zone. The vehicle then turned east onto 22nd Street from J Avenue without using a turn signal so the officer pulled the vehicle over. The driver, a 32-year-old Mount Vernon man, was nervous when contacted, and told the officer that he should not be driving because he was suspended. He was taken into custody for his suspended license and given a ticket for speeding in a school zone. 

Early Friday afternoon, an APD Officer on patrol on Oakes Avenue observed an older model sedan turn off the road quickly as if to avoid contact with the officer. A routine check of the registered owner of the vehicle revealed that the 22-year-old had a suspended driver’s license. The officer pulled the car over on 12th Street to speak with the registered owner and driver and confirmed that her license was suspended. She was arrested on scene for driving while license suspended and later released with a copy of her citations for DWLS and operating a motor vehicle without insurance.

Just after 10:30 on Friday night, APD Officers were dispatched to 39th Court and H Avenue per the report of people yelling at each other and a vehicle or vehicles leaving the area. Officers were unable to locate the associated people or vehicle(s), however, an 18-year-old woman came to the police department a short time later to discuss her involvement in the incident. The woman told police that she and her ex-boyfriend had been involved in ongoing verbal altercations that culminated in an argument in her vehicle. During the argument, her ex-boyfriend struck her interior mirror and broke it off. The 21-year-old Tumwater man was not on scene, however, officers located him at an Anacortes address to interview him. His version of events was similar to his ex-girlfriends’. He was taken into custody for malicious mischief domestic violence and later booked in jail on the charge.

At 11:20PM on Friday, an APD Officer pulled a late model sedan over on I Avenue for not having its headlights on during the hours of darkness. The 28-year-old Anacortes driver smelled of intoxicants and had bloodshot eyes. The driver agreed to take roadside sobriety tests, but was unable to complete many of them due to her inability to follow directions. A breath sample from the driver showed a result of over two times the legal limit to operate a motor vehicle. The woman was taken into custody for DUI and later released with a copy of her DUI citation. The driver was also cited for reckless endangerment because a young child was in the car at the time she was pulled over.

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.

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