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A brief high-speed chase on Highway 20 ended after the two occupants jumped out of the moving vehicle, which ended up on a pile of bark mulch.

Just before midnight on December 15, an APD Officer on patrol on Thompson Road observed an older model sedan without brake lights so he turned on his emergency lights to perform a traffic stop as the car turned eastbound on SR 20. In lieu of pulling over, the car accelerated up to approximately 70 miles per hour, turned southbound on Reservation Rd., and once again accelerated to the intersection of Reservation and Stevenson Road where the car slowed, the driver and passenger doors opened, and a male ran eastbound and a woman westbound. A Swinomish Tribal Police Officer came to the scene as the car rolled to a stop atop a pile of bark mulch and placed the vehicle in park to stop it from moving. When doing this, the officer discovered a driver’s license in plain view belonging to a 32-year-old Sedro-Woolley man. The male passenger was out of sight by the time the APD Officer was on scene, but he could see the fleeing female so he gave verbal commands to her to stop and put her hands up. She complied, and was taken into custody. During questioning, the 30-year-old Mount Vernon woman provided a false name and was later arrested on a charge of identity theft and two warrants out of Mount Vernon Municipal Court. The male subject was later tracked down with the help of Mount Vernon PD’s tracking K9 and arrested and booked for eluding, driving while license suspended, and violation of the uniform controlled substance act for Suboxone found in his pocket when he was searched incident to arrest. The man and woman were later booked in jail on their charges. Two days later, after a judge granted a search warrant officers searched the car involved in the case and discovered methamphetamine and plastic straws with drug residue.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

A 22-year-old Anacortes man who was previously banned from a local grocery store came back for another visit and was caught by a staff member when he attempted to steal two bottles of whiskey. A responding police officer recognized the suspect who was running across Commercial towards 13th Street. The subject told the officer that he was going to pay for the alcohol, but he gave it back. He was placed under arrest for violating the trespass notice and later booked in jail for burglary and theft.

Monday, December 16, 2019

A local woman called police to inform them that she had received several phone calls from someone claiming to be from the Oak Harbor Police Department. The report was for information only at that time as no crime had been committed.

A resident on Kingsway called police on the 16th to report that someone had egged his house and cars the past two nights around midnight. There was no damage to the victim’s property and there was no suspect information available at the time of the report.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

A 72-year-old Anacortes woman was given a ticket for improper lane usage after she attempted to exit the Sharpes Corner roundabout southbound towards Oak Harbor in front of a semi-truck that was intending to continue east towards Burlington. The woman’s sports coupe sustained reportable damage, but she was not injured.

A local 13-year-old juvenile male was booked in the Skagit County Juvenile Detention Facility on the evening of December 17 for obstructing, theft, and minor in possession. Officers contacted him in a vehicle leaving a local grocery store where he was involved in the theft of over $170 in hard alcohol. When the investigating officer informed him that he was going to be detained as a theft suspect, he spun and attempted to run from the officer. After a brief struggle, he was placed in handcuffs and moved to a patrol car where he was read his rights and agreed to speak about his involvement in the theft.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

A local mariner contacted police on Wednesday morning to report that his dry-docked boat was broken into in a yard on R Avenue sometime over the weekend. The victim is missing several medical and electronic items from his boat, including two GPS units valued at over $1,000. There are no suspects at this time.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

On Thursday morning, an APD Officer took a malicious mischief complaint at a business on the 200 block of T Avenue. The owner told the investigating officer that someone attempted to pry open a deadbolt but was unsuccessful in gaining entry to the building. The event occurred sometime between 8PM Wednesday and 5:15AM on Thursday.

A vehicle prowl victim was unsure if her minivan was locked during the night, but called police to report that her purse containing a small amount of cash and bankcards was missing from the vehicle on Thursday morning.

An R Avenue resident called police on December 19th to report that a delivered package containing approximately $50 in merchandise was stolen from his front porch sometime since 3:30PM the afternoon prior. The suspect left the opened, empty box in the bushes nearby.

A local pre-school staff member contacted APD’s Animal Control Officer to report a pesky feline who was known to scratch teachers and students. One step that staff took to rectify the situation was to place the perp in a storage shed during recess so he wouldn’t cause a problem. Although there are no leash laws for cats in Anacortes, the ACO attempted contact with the home where the cat may live to check if he is current on his rabies vaccine. The ACO also provided staff with possible measures to dissuade the cat from visiting the school. 

A mariner living on his boat reported fuel theft from his vehicle parked in front of the marina on Skyline Way. There are no suspects.

Friday, December 20, 2019

A 23rd Street resident ran to her neighbor’s house early Friday morning to ask for help reference an assault that had just taken place. The neighbor called police for the woman who later told officers that she was assaulted by her fiancé who grabbed her by the throat and pushed her to the floor. Officers contacted the fiancé, who was intoxicated and gave a similar version of the evening’s events, however, he said he did not remember the assault. The man was taken into custody without incident and booked in jail on a domestic violence assault charge based on the victim’s testimony and physical evidence of the assault.

A West 11th resident called police late Friday morning to report the theft of packages from porches in the area. The vehicle possibly associated to the theft was a blue vehicle that sped out of the area shortly after the reporting party called 911 dispatch. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect vehicle.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

5,075 Confirmed Skagit Cases
430-439 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

326 Hospitalizations
72 Deaths
49,057 Fully Vaccinated
59,732 Initial Doses Given


389,882 Confirmed Cases Statewide
23,187 Hospitalizations

5,622 Deaths Statewide
2,757,234 Fully Vaccinated
3,562,750 Initial Doses Given

Updated 7 pm, May 15, 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

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