Police Beat

This week’s police blotter is topped by a cat that turned nasty after being rescued from a tree…The cat is now in quarantine...

Saturday, August 15, 2020

An APD Officer took a feral cat complaint on the afternoon of the 15th. According to the reporting party, someone helped the cat get down from a tree and it scratched and bit at least two bystanders who were treated at the ER for their injuries. The cat also bit someone else after they attempted to remove it from a local restaurant. When the woman removed the cat, it bit her repeatedly. The cat was captured and is in a 10-day quarantine at a local pound.

A 65-year-old Anacortes man was given a ticket for unsafe backing on the afternoon of the 15th after he backed into a parking space on Commercial Avenue with the tailgate down on his pickup. While doing so, the pickup crunched the front end of a late model sports sedan causing reportable damage.

A 55-year-old Mount Vernon man was arrested for theft of alcohol and groceries and trespassed from a local grocer for one year. The store manager called police after recognizing that the man stole from the store and returned a while later. The man told the investigating officer that he did not have enough money for the items which is why he took them. He was cited and released on scene.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

An APD Officer was dispatched to a local grocer the morning of the 16th to investigate a disorderly complaint. The reporting party told dispatch that a woman was yelling and throwing trash and the store would like her to be trespassed from the store. The officer spoke with the Mount Vernon woman who appeared to be in distress and was surrounded by broken glass. She complied with the officer’s request for her to move along and was served with a one-year trespass notice banning her from the store.

Monday, August 17, 2020

An APD Officer responded to a call of a vehicle full of chickens and goats. The officer checked the welfare of the animal who appeared to be in good health and were awaiting transport to Guemes Island.

A 20-year-old Bothell driver failed to yield for a late model sedan exiting the Sharpes Corner roundabout. The driver was cited accordingly for failure to yield. Both vehicles sustained reportable damage but no one was injured.

Shortly after 10PM on the 17th, an officer observed a local 28-year-old man known to police at a local retailer. The man had a warrant out of the Anacortes Municipal Court, so he was taken into custody without incident. A search incident to arrest yielded two used syringes commonly associated with illicit drug usage. The man’s girlfriend, a local 25-year-old, was on scene and she had an arrest warrant out of the Burlington Municipal Court. The woman was booked and released on her warrant. The man was booked in jail on his warrant and faces possibly additional charges as a result of the drug paraphernalia items found on his person at the time of arrest.

Just after 11:20PM on the 17th, APD Officers responded to a welfare check call in a retail parking lot in the 1500 block of Commercial Avenue. The caller told the dispatcher that a woman was in a car there and she had been for quite some time. After some prompting, the sleeping woman came to and spoke with officers. An officer later spoke with a manager at the retailer who stated that they would like the woman banned from the store because of problems they had had with her in the past. Officers reached out to a family member to arrange for a ride home for the woman and she was later served with a trespass notice from the store.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

At midnight sharp on the 19th, Port of Anacortes security personnel gave police the description of  subject who refused to leave Port property on Seafarers Way. One detail they provided was that the man had a can of spray paint. An APD Sergeant contacted the man in Seafarers Memorial Park and determined that he had spray painted part of a bench. Further investigation also revealed that the 27-year-old Anacortes man had two arrest warrants. The man was placed under arrest and taken to APD where he was placed in a holding cell. He was later released with a copy of his citation for malicious mischief and a trespass notice banning him from Port property.

Early Wednesday morning, an APD Officer took a call from a resident on the 800 block of 37th Street. The resident reported that approximately $75 worth of gas was siphoned from his van sometime during the night. There are no suspects.

An APD Officer took a suspicious activity report on Wednesday morning. Per the report, a juvenile male was getting his bike from a retailer on 11th Street when a man unknown to him approached him and asked if he had a second. The juvenile ignored the man and rode away on his bike, but thought it was suspicious that the male subject got on a bike as the teen was riding away and began yelling. Officers were made aware of the incident several minutes later, but were unable to locate the man on the bike to speak with him.

A 21-year-old Mount Vernon driver was given a ticket for following too close after he rear-ended a sedan stopped for traffic at Q Avenue and 15th Street. The at-fault driver told police that he was looking in his rearview mirror and not paying attention to the road in front of him. There were no injuries, but both vehicles sustained substantial damage.

A local man called police to report that someone claiming to represent Apple, Inc. called and convinced him to purchase over $1,000 in gift cards and provide the information off the cards to the fraudster. The victim was working with the gift card company to recover lost funds.

A 17-year-old driver was given an infraction for negligent driving on Wednesday evening after the car he was driving struck a pedestrian at the intersection of 15th Street and K Avenue. The driver told the investigating officer that he was looking down to adjust his radio, and possibly driving too fast, and when he looked up, he noticed a pedestrian in the intersection but could not stop in time to avoid a collision. The pedestrian was transported by ambulance for minor injuries.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Just after 8AM on Thursday, an APD Corporal investigated a motor vehicle accident on State Route 20 near Christianson Road. The investigation revealed that there were two cars involved and vehicle occupants sustained minor injuries. The at-fault driver, a 46-year-old Arlington woman, was ticketed for following too close. She told the Corporal that she reached down to grab some snacks and by the time she looked up, it was too late to avoid colliding with the SUV that had slowed for traffic in front of her.

Friday, August 21, 2020

At 11PM on Friday, APD Officers responded to a local convenience store after a staff member called 911 for help. The employee reported that a male stole alcohol and would not leave the property. Officers arrived and immediately noticed a man matching the suspect description provided, seated by the front doors to the store consuming a bottle of alcohol. As the first officer approached, the suspect’s alcohol consumption seemed to increase. The store representative told police that he wanted the man charged with theft and banned from the store, so officers took the 25-year-old man into custody and placed him in a patrol car. A few minutes later, an officer went to the patrol car and opened the door to speak with the suspect. When the officer opened the door, the suspect lunged at the officer and disobeyed officer commands to stop resisting. The suspect was ultimately placed back in the patrol car and booked in jail on theft and obstructing charges.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

1,790 Skagit Cases (+54)
110-119 Cases in ZIP 98221 

133 Hospitalizations (+8)
26 Deaths (+0)

147,537 Cases Statewide (+6,277)
10,096 Hospitalizations (+331)

2,655 Deaths Statewide (+36)

Updated 7:00 pm November 23, 2020.

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