Police Beat

This week’s Police Blotter is a bit shorter than usual. Possibly, some would-be criminals were having the same difficulties getting around town as the rest of us.

Dec. 19

A witness reported seeing a vehicle driving on the steps and tearing up the lawn at Causland Park. The witness provided a general description of the offending vehicle.  Parks Department employees were going to assess the damage after the snow and ice melts to provide a damage estimate.

A woman called 911 from a cell phone to report that she and her husband had arrived from California and that her husband was mad at her because they were lost.  Officers could not locate the couple but did make phone contact with the woman.  The woman would not tell the officer her location, but said that the altercation with her husband had been strictly verbal with the two of them yelling at each other due to being lost.  The woman would not provide any further information. 

Officers contacted a 31-year-old Oak Harbor man after he had been turned away from a bar in the 300 block of Commercial Avenue for being extremely intoxicated.  The man was staggering and an officer spoke with him to check his welfare.  The man refused a courtesy ride or the offer to call him a taxi as he said he was walking to a friend’s house.  The man said his friend was probably in one of the downtown bars and he walked away.  As the officer was speaking with the bar doormen, a man identified as a 22-year-old Anacortes man walked up from the alley and it was learned that he had been asked to leave the bar by the staff.  This man then began to call the officer profane names. The officer told the man he just needed to leave as the bar did not want him back inside.  The man then asked the officer “what he was going to do about it?”  The officer again asked the man to just leave, but the man continued to swear at the officer and he flicked a lit cigarette off the officer’s shoulder.  The man was then told he was under arrest at which time he refused to put his hands behind his back.  The man was placed onto the ground, handcuffed, and he then refused to get off the ground and continued to swear at the officer.  He was then placed into the patrol car.  The bar staff then informed the officer that the arrested man had also put a wooden pallet on top of the officer’s car while he had been dealing with the first man which bent an antenna.  The officer also discovered that the man had probably broken a beer bottle on the car’s rear window, but the window did not break.  The arrested man continued to be profane and uncooperative and he was booked into jail for assault, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.      

Dec. 20

A resident of the 1000 block of 24th Street reported that her 18-year-old granddaughter had threatened her by raising her voice.  The woman said that she lived in fear of her granddaughter due to the girl’s severe emotional and behavioral issues.  An officer spoke with the granddaughter who admitted she had yelled at her grandmother, but it was determined that no crime had occurred.  The girl agreed to go to her room and leave her grandmother alone.  A few hours later, officers returned to the apartment because the grandmother reported that the girl had taken some prescription medication with the intent of harming herself.  The girl admitted to taking about “thirty” pills and she was transported to the emergency room for evaluation and treatment.  

Dec. 22

Officers responded to the report of a domestic dispute at a home in the 800 block of 26th Street.  Upon arrival, officers spoke with a 21-year-old woman who reported her 20-year-old boyfriend had fled the residence prior to officer arrival.  The woman said that they had argued because the man had been drinking heavily, passed out in bed, and allegedly urinated in their bed.  The woman said that she told the man to get out of bed or get out of the apartment.  The woman said that the man responded by throwing a lighter at her which struck her in the head.  A records check showed the man had a felony warrant for his arrest out of Oregon.  Officers attempted to follow the man’s tracks through the snow, but they lost the trail in a heavy foot and car traffic area.  The faces charges of domestic violence assault when he is located.      

Officers checked the area of the 900 block of 4th Street regarding the report of a man dressed in a Santa suit erratically driving a motorized golf cart decorated in Christmas lights.  Officers were unable to locate the man and it was unknown if he was being naughty or nice.        

A 41-year-old Alaska resident reported that she had been beaten up by her 30-year-old former boyfriend who currently lives in Bellingham while they had been staying at a motel in the 3400 block of Commercial Avenue approximately three months prior.  The woman said that the man had become upset with her and pushed her to the ground and stomped on her chest.  The woman said that the man then left and she lay on the floor in severe pain for about twelve hours until he returned.  The woman said that she told the man that she needed to go to the hospital, but that the man just told her to take a shower and that she would feel better.  She finally convinced the man to take her to the emergency room where it was determined she had suffered fractured ribs and a collapsed lung.  The woman said that she had lied to the hospital staff and told them she had fallen, but that she had thought about it more and now wanted to protect the man from hurting anyone else in the future.  An investigating officer contacted the motel staff and learned that the room the couple had stayed in had been damaged and that the staff and found an excessive amount of blood on the bedding.  It was also learned that there was a court order that barred the man from having contact with the woman at the time of the incident stemming from a previous domestic violence assault.  Detectives are conducting the follow-up investigation.          

Dec. 23

A resident of the 400 block of 3rd Street reported that an unknown vehicle had driven through a dead end alley and knocked over two sections of his fence that caused an estimated $300 in damage.  The man said that he also believed the same vehicle had struck the corner of his neighbor’s garage and a satellite dish standard.  The neighbor was not home and contact with him for a damage estimate is pending. 

An officer stopped an 82-year-old Anacortes woman for driving westbound in the eastbound turn lane on State Route 20 at Christianson Road.  The woman said that she had been disoriented due to the snow.  The officer asked the woman to pull into a nearby gas station so he could speak with her further.  The woman then failed to turn into the gas station and continued on SR 20 to Commercial Avenue with the officer following her with his lights and siren activated.  The woman finally stopped near 28th Street.  She then told the officer that she had not pulled into the gas station or stopped for him as she did “not want to be a bother” to him.  The officer expressed his concern about her driving and advised her that she was probably going to have to be re-tested.  She then drove home. 

A large electrical reindeer lawn ornament with decorative lights on it was reported stolen from the front yard of a home in the 1200 block of 9th Street.  The item was valued at $100. 

A resident of the 900 block of 23rd Street reported that the wing window to her Toyota Camry had been broken by unknown means.  The woman believed that someone might have been trying to break into her car to steal a canvas bag on her back seat.  Nothing was found missing from the car.  

An officer contacted a 48-year-old Anacortes woman who was lying in the back seat of her car at Washington Park.  In speaking with the woman, she informed the officer that she had taken some medication and drank some alcohol in an attempt to hurt herself.  The woman said that she had been having suicidal thoughts throughout the day and just wanted to be left in her car to fall asleep.  She then voluntarily allowed the officer to transport her to the hospital for evaluation and treatment.  The woman’s family was also contacted. 

Dec. 24

A married couple living in the 2000 block of N Avenue reported they were missing over a hundred tablets of prescription medication from their home.  The man was missing medication form two different prescriptions and his wife was missing an entire bottle of medication prescribed to her.  The couple provided names of other family members living at the home and the matter is under continued investigation. 

The parents of a 48-year-old Anacortes woman reported that their daughter was missing from their home.  The daughter had a history of suicidal behavior.  The daughter later called her boyfriend and said she was fine, but she would not elaborate on her location.  The daughter later returned home where an officer spoke with her and learned that she had an upcoming appointment with a mental health professional. 

Officers responded to the report of a domestic disturbance at an apartment in the 1100 block of 29th Street.  When officers arrived, they heard yelling and a woman crying inside of the apartment.  Officers entered the apartment and found a 22-year-old woman lying on the floor with broken vacuum cleaner parts scattered around her.  A man also ran into a bedroom and shut the door.  The woman said that the man was her 24-year-old boyfriend, was drunk, and that he had been throwing things around the apartment after accusing her of seeing other men.  She said that he had thrown the vacuum and punched the wall and that she feared for her safety.  The man screamed profanities at officers and refused to answer questions about what had occurred.  The man took a fighting stance with the officers and swore at them, but began to calm when told he was risking being tazed.  The man was then handcuffed but immediately began swearing and kicking at officers in an attempt to break free.  Officers struggled with the man on the icy second floor walkway of the complex.  The man continued to struggle and attempt to pull away from officers before being put into a police car.  He was booked into jail for domestic violence harassment, malicious mischief, and resisting arrest. 

Dec. 25

Officers responded to a house in the 800 block of 27th Street regarding a 34-year-old man threatening suicide.  The man reportedly went into his garage and would not allow his wife inside.  Officers contacted the very emotional man outside of the garage and he admitted that he needed help.  The man then told an officer about his thoughts of suicide, murder followed by suicide, and suicide by cop.  The man was transported to the hospital for evaluation and treatment.               

Dec. 26

An employee at the State Ferry terminal discovered a car in the main parking lot with a broken door window.  Inspection of the car revealed that the stereo had been forcibly removed from the dash.  The car was registered to a Friday Harbor man and contact with the victim is pending.  

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,609 Confirmed Skagit Cases
390-399 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

288 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
35,476 Fully Vaccinated
50,348 Initial Doses Given


358,592 Confirmed Cases Statewide
21,434 Hospitalizations

5,380 Deaths Statewide
1,830,811 Fully Vaccinated
2,748,811 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, April 17, 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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