Police Beat

A local woman was arrested and booked into county jail on charges of domestic violence, possession of drug paraphernalia in connection with a domestic fight.

APD Officers responded to the report of an altercation between a man and woman downtown early Wednesday evening. Investigation revealed that a man and his ex-girlfriend got into an argument because she thought he had her wallet. The man alleged that his girlfriend swung her fists at him several times, landing at least one on his nose and throwing her water bottle at him. An officer caught up with the girlfriend on the 1500 block of Commercial and interviewed her about the incident. Officers took the 29-year-old into custody as the primary aggressor and a search incident to arrest revealed a tooter with heroin residue which was later submitted as evidence. The woman was ultimately booked in the county jail for domestic violence assault, possession of drug paraphernalia, and two arrest warrants.

Here are some other cases APD reported this week.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Mid-afternoon on the 19th, an APD Officer responded to a local coffee shop to speak with a patron who called 911 for help. The patron told police that she left her wallet in the restroom and had reason to believe that the person who used the restroom after her took it. The investigating officer contacted the alleged suspect, but he denied any involvement. The officer later found the wallet in the trash can and returned it to the rightful owner. The victim was thankful that her wallet was recovered even though the cash had been removed.

Two juvenile males were banned from a local grocer at a staff member’s request after staff witnessed them steal candy from the store. Officers contacted the juveniles, collected the $8 in stolen items, and served them with a one-year trespass notice.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

A 40-year-old Anacortes woman was arrested for invalid license just after midnight on the 20th. The woman was driving a station wagon in the passing lane on SR 20 for an extended period with no other cars around, and a routine check of the vehicle registration returned to a registered owner with a suspended driver’s license. The woman was taken into custody without incident and later released at the scene after agreeing to contact a licensed driver.

An APD Officer was on patrol on State Route 20 early evening on the 20th when he observed an older model pickup in front of him with an expired temporary registration as of September 2020, despite the visible date of “December 11, 2021”. The officer pulled the pickup over and spoke with the 49-year-old driver. Investigation revealed that the registration was altered, and the driver had a suspended license. The driver was taken into custody and cited for driving while license suspended and a false registration violation. He was later released at the scene.

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Just before 1AM on the 21st, an APD Officer on patrol on Commercial Avenue pulled an older model coupe over because it had an expired registration tab. The driver, a local 62-year-old woman, did not have a valid driver’s license and was taken into custody. She was later released with a copy of her citation for driving while license suspended.

An APD Officer on patrol on D Avenue observed an older model sedan that was speeding, so he pulled the car over to speak with the 40-year-old driver. The driver was later determined to have a suspended driver’s license and a felony Department of Corrections warrant for Escape from Community Custody. The driver was taken into custody without incident and later booked in the Skagit County Community Justice Center on his warrant and given a copy of his citation for driving while license suspended and a ticket for speeding.

A local 54-year-old man was arrested for trespassing after security at a local marina called police to report that the man was recently banned from the property and could not legally return for one year.

At 7PM on the 21st, an APD Officer pulled a sports coupe over on SR 20 because it was going 70 miles per hour. The driver, a 58-year-old from Kent, was determined to have a suspended license, so he was taken into custody. He was later released, and the responsibility of driving was turned over to the licensed passenger.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

An APD Officer was dispatched to Glasgow Way because someone called for help with a dog who was stuck in the blackberry bushes. The officer arrived on scene and the dog was already freed with the help of a neighbor.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

A Freeland, Washington driver was given a ticket for failure to stop at a stop sign on Wednesday afternoon after she continued into the intersection without yielding for an oncoming car at 11th Street and O Avenue and collided with the side of the vehicle. The occupants of both vehicles were unscathed, however, both vehicles sustained reportable damage.

Early Wednesday afternoon, APD Officers responded to the 4000 block of L Avenue after receiving a call about a woman who appeared to be unresponsive in the driver’s seat of a parked sedan. Medical personnel were also dispatched to the call and arrived shortly before the police. Officers were informed that the woman had aluminum foil and a lighter in her lap and the woman was in the driver’s seat with the engine running. The 30-year-old Anacortes woman was taken into custody for DUI and a search incident to arrest yielded aluminum foil with burn marks in her pants pocket. She was later released to a sober friend with a copy of her citations for DUI and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Just after 11PM on Thursday, an APD Officer noticed a speeding motorcycle coming into Anacortes on SR 20, so he sped up to catch up to it. The motorcycle continued onto northbound R Avenue, then turned west onto 17th Street without using a turn signal. The officer caught up to the motorcycle at the intersection of 17th and Commercial where he was able to ascertain the license plate and a have a good look at the rider and motorcycle. The registration tabs were expired as of summer 2020, so the officer turned on his overhead lights to pull the bike over. The motorcycle quickly accelerated from the intersection and ran the stop sign at 17th and M Avenue. The officer discontinued the pursuit in the interest of safety but noted that the bike turned northbound on K Avenue. A short time later, officers followed up on a report of a motorcycle speeding in the area where the motorcycle was last seen and contacted a local 40-year-old who told officers that he owned the motorcycle. Investigation revealed that the license plate on the sport bike did not match, so the motorcycle was impounded, and the license plate was removed and taken as evidence. Investigation also revealed that the man had an ignition interlock requirement and a suspended driver’s license. Police later cleared the scene and informed the man that he faces possible charges, to include eluding and driving while license suspended, for his alleged involvement in the incident.