Police Beat

Police arrested and jailed an 18-year old with a baseball bat that he used in a fight in Storvik Park. Medics arrived to evaluate the other male.

APD Officers responded to a fight in progress at Storvik Park at approximately 3:30PM on Sunday and contacted two males they had spoken to earlier in the day about a theft issue between the two of them. One of the men was shirtless when officers arrived and both were disheveled and seemed uninterested in speaking with police at first, especially the man who began running away when the officer arrived but stopped when the officer called him by name. The two men admitted that the fight stemmed from the disagreement they had earlier in the day. An Easton baseball bat was collected as evidence and officers determined that the primary aggressor, a local 18-year-old, used the bat in the fight. Medics responded to the scene to evaluate one of the men on scene. The primary aggressor was booked in jail on second-degree assault.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

A local man came to the police department in the middle of the night to report that he was visiting a friend on Hillcrest Drive when his friend’s brother assaulted him. Investigation revealed that the male suspect was angry because he lost his keys and began yelling at the victim, and then struck him in the face. Officers contacted the suspect in the driveway of the home on Hillcrest Drive and he admitted to the conflict and the assault. The 55-year-old suspect was initially cooperative until an officer began to take him into custody for assault. The suspect then pulled away and grabbed a small item from his pocket that he threw as he ran. After a brief struggle with officers, he was taken into custody and placed in a patrol car. Officers then found the item he threw out and determined that it was likely a small amount of methamphetamine. The suspect was booked in jail on an investigative hold for drug possession, assault, and resisting arrest.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

A 23-year-old Oak Harbor man seemed nervous when pulled over by an APD Officer early one afternoon after the officer discovered that the registration on the vehicle he was driving was expired as of July 2018. The man said he recently purchased the car from a friend and thought the registration was valid. A routine check on the driver revealed that his license was suspended, so he was taken into custody, cited for Driving While License Suspended, and released on scene after agreeing to appear in court.

A dispute between a man and his ex-girlfriend resulted in malicious mischief charges for the 22-year-old woman. Investigation on scene revealed that the girlfriend became angry during a verbal dispute, so she grabbed a tire iron and smacked the windshield with it causing a small hole and several cracks. No one was injured in the dispute.

An APD Officer on patrol on Padilla Heights Road observed an older model sports car with an expired registration driving past him, so he reached out to an officer nearby to pull the car over. During the course of the traffic stop investigation, K9 T-Bone was deployed on the outside of the car and alerted to the presence of illegal narcotics in the vehicle. Both vehicle occupants provided permission to search the car. During the search, officers discovered a backpack with syringes, a scale with drug residue, and a pipe with residue amongst other paraphernalia items. The driver, a 35-year-old man from Coupeville, was released from the scene and faces a criminal citation for possession of drug paraphernalia.

The driver of a late model hatchback was pulled over late Sunday night because his car had a burnt-out headlight and expired registration tabs as of October. The man pulled over in the 1000 block of 13th Street and the investigating officer immediately noticed a smell of alcohol coming from the car. Also noticeable was the lethargic manner in which the man searched for the requested documents in his car. The 23-year-old Yakima man admitted that he had been drinking that evening, and agreed to take voluntary roadside sobriety tests.

Monday, November 18, 2019

A 22-year-old Anacortes man was arrested for theft of alcohol and fruit and banned from a local grocery store at 1:30PM and was back in the same store just under 3 hours later carrying a partially filled (or empty, depending how you look at it) bottle of whiskey. An officer was made aware of his second visit and he was taken into custody without incident and booked in jail on a 1st degree criminal trespassing charge.

At high noon on Monday, APD Officers were made aware of a Camano Island woman who was in town. The 28-year-old was wanted on two warrants for malicious mischief and resisting arrest and she was at a local residence in violation of a protection order. Officers responded to her location and a resident in the home awakened her so they could settle the matter at hand. The woman was taken into custody without incident and booked in the county jail on her warrants and a citation for violation of a court order.

A local 24-year-old was booked in the county jail on eight arrest warrants late Monday evening. Someone dialed 911 because they heard the woman’s car horn blaring and thought she might be in distress. A routine check revealed her wanted status, so she was arrested and taken to jail.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Two unlocked vehicles parked at a residence near Storvik Park were rifled through and several valuables, including some cash, were stolen in the incident. There are no suspects.

Early Wednesday evening, an APD Officer contacted the driver of an older model sedan to speak with him about the registration return showing sold as of October 2019. The 24-year-old driver said he did not have a license and was going to the gas station for a slurpee and chips, then planning to go home. The driver was arrested, cited, and released on scene for driving while license suspended and operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

A 39-year-old Mount Vernon driver was arrested for driving while license suspended and ignition interlock violation just after dark on Thursday. An officer noticed the man driving an older model pickup with no lights on, pulling a trailer with no visible license plate, so he pulled the rig over. A routine check revealed the man’s suspended license status and interlock restriction, though there was not an ignition device in the vehicle. The driver was cited and released on scene.

Friday, November 22, 2019

An older model pickup was pulled over on Commercial Avenue on Friday because part of the license plate was obscured by a trailer hitch. At the time of contact, the driver, a 36-year-old from Anacortes, admitted that he made several quick turns because he did not want to be pulled over. A routine check revealed why he was not interested in speaking with an officer—he had a warrant for driving while license suspended and his current driver’s license status was suspended. The man was arrested and taken to jail on his warrant and charge and his vehicle was turned over to his licensed passenger.

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