Police Beat

In this week's Police Blotter, just a glance down at a cell phone caused a rear-end traffic crash near Sharpes Corner.

Just after noon on the 17th, a motorist near Sharpes Corner observed a possible rear-end collision near the intersection and noted that the involved SUV and sports car pulled into a nearby retail parking lot. The responding officer located the cars involved and spoke with all involved to assure that they were physically ok. After confirming no injuries, the officer spoke with the at-fault driver in the sports car, a 25-year-old from Federal Way, who told police that he looked down at his phone and did not notice the car slowing in front of him. Further investigation revealed that the driver had a suspended license and the title of the car he was driving had not been transferred. The driver was taken into custody for driving while license suspended and failure to transfer title and later released with a copy of his citations.

Here are some other cases APD reported this week.

Friday, July 16, 2021

Just before 11PM on the 16th, APD Officers were called to the scene of a domestic violence incident involving a man and his girlfriend. The man called police after he was allegedly slapped in the face and stabbed in the arm with a long knife several times after an ongoing verbal argument between the two about their relationship. The suspect, a local 39-year-old woman, was taken into custody without incident and booked in the county jail on a second-degree assault charge.

Saturday, July 17, 2021

A masked bandit reportedly scratched on the front door of a residence on 38th Street early morning on the 17th. The raccoon fled before the responding officer contacted it.

At 10:30AM on the 17th, APD Officers responded to the 800 block of 28th Street to investigate a male who was walking through the area making threatening statements and possibly carrying a handgun. Officers were initially unable to locate a male matching the description provided, but later clarified that the person calling for help had not seen a weapon. Police later contacted a 38-year-old man known to them to speak with him about the incident. The man stated that he was loudly singing the music he was listening to. Though there was no crime committed, a routine check revealed that the man had four outstanding arrest warrants from the Anacortes Municipal Court and the jail would accept the male on his warrants. When told that he was under arrest, the man fled on foot for several minutes before he was taken into custody by APD Officers. The man was booked in jail on his warrants and an additional charge of resisting arrest.

Sunday, July 18, 2021

A local care facility contacted police on the evening of the 18th because someone had entered a bus they owned without their permission. Investigation revealed that no damage was done to the vehicle, however, the facility representative requested that the two people involved be trespassed from their property for one year.

A 42-year-old Burlington man was arrested and booked in jail late night on the 18th for his alleged involvement in a physical altercation with his girlfriend on the side of South Fidalgo Bay Road. An argument between the two turned physical when they canceled their camping plans and the man attempted to leave his girlfriend on the side of the road. The woman grabbed the vehicle keys during the argument and the male used physical means to get the keys back. Officers took the man into custody without incident and booked him on a domestic violence assault charge.

Monday, July 19, 2021

A resident walking near the lookout at Cap Sante noticed an abrasive message written in chalk on the rocks so she called police for assistance. The Parks and Recreation Department was notified of the messaging for cleanup. There are no suspects.

A person claiming they were from the Publisher’s Clearing House office called a local resident informing him that he won one million dollars. The call receiver hung up on the caller and spoke with police about the matter.

An APD Officer attempted a welfare check on a takeout customer of a local restaurant. Per the report, a delivery driver attempted to bring a bag of food to a man who initially paid with cash, then threw the bag back at the driver, snatched his money, and unsuccessfully attempted to grab the change that the driver was about to give him. The business opted not to press charges but requested a police officer to check on the subject to make sure he was okay. The officer was unable to locate the man.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Early afternoon on the 20th, APD Officers were dispatched to the 3000 block of T Avenue because of a suspicious complaint. Per the caller from one of the businesses in the area, a man was walking on their property stashing items as he went. The first officer on scene was met by a few people who pointed the officer towards a man walking approximately 30 yards ahead carrying several items often used in a marine environment (life vests, flare guns, etc.). As it turns out, the 36-year-old Anacortes man was familiar to APD Officers and had an arrest warrant for theft. The man was taken into custody on his warrants and searched incident to arrest. He was later released with a copy of a notice banning him from the property he was on and he faces possible charges of theft and vehicle prowling as well for involvement in accessing boats and a motorhome stored on the property.  

Officers were dispatched to a boat moored off Q Avenue for a fight in progress between a man and wife. Investigation revealed that the two got into an argument over dinner in town and the heated discussion continued when they returned to the boat and resulted in an alleged physical confrontation between the two initiated by the husband. The man was taken into custody without incident and booked in jail on a domestic violence assault charge.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

A resident of an apartment on 27th Court called police to report that sometime during the night of the 20th, her car was keyed, resulting in approximately $50 in damage to the paint. The responding officer spoke with the apartment manager and another tenant standing outside at the time of the call but neither of them had any knowledge of the event.

A concerned resident contacted police after noticing a pickup with the door hanging open near the Guemes Ferry Terminal. An officer spoke with the pickup owner and discovered that she accidentally left the door open and there were no issues.

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