Police Beat

A weekly roundup prepared by the Anacortes Police Department.

May 30

Officers were dispatched to an apartment in the 1000 block of 24th Street after receiving a 911 hang up call in which a male and female could be heard arguing and the male saying “don’t call the police.” Officers contacted a 52-year-old woman at the apartment and learned that she and her 14-year-old son had been arguing about the boy not going to school. The boy had allegedly pushed his mother and dumped food on the floor. When the woman attempted to call 911, her son allegedly disabled the phone and then left for school. The boy was located a few blocks from his home and taken into custody. The boy faces possible charges of domestic violence assault and interfering with the reporting of domestic violence. 

A 19-year-old Anacortes woman reported that a 16-year-old Anacortes girl had tried to run her over in a car in the 2000 block of I Avenue. The woman said that she had argued with the teen about the teen speeding in the neighborhood, calling the woman’s mother a derogatory name, and allegedly stalking the woman’s brother. The woman said that she leaned towards the car to speak with the teen when the teen grabbed her by the face, pulled her towards the car and started driving away. The woman said that she was dragged along side of the car and then fell to the pavement. The woman sustained numerous abrasions and “road rash” and was treated at Island Hospital. 

The teen told officers that the woman had confronted her, tried to open the locked car door, and threatened to harm her. The teen said that the woman then grabbed her by the hair and that she became scared and started to drive off with the woman still hanging on to her. The teen denied having grabbed onto the woman. The incident is still under investigation. 

Witnesses reported a man staggered out of a downtown bar and got into a vehicle and drove off. Another caller reported that the same vehicle was stopped in the middle of Commercial and that the driver appeared to be passed out. An officer located the vehicle traveling south on Commercial following the car in front of it very closely. The officer stopped the car and contacted the 49-year-old Anacortes driver. The man showed obvious signs of intoxication and performed poorly on field sobriety tests. He was placed under arrest for drunk driving and later provided two breath samples that were over twice the legal limit. He was released to a sober adult. 

May 31

A 20-year-old Anacortes man was arrested while walking in the 2000 block of Commercial Avenue after an officer recognized the man and confirmed he had a warrant for his arrest on a previous furnishing liquor to minors charge.  The man was taken to jail as the warrant had a five-day jail commitment. 

A car driven by a 17-year-old Anacortes male and occupied by a 20-year-old Anacortes man and two teenaged females from Mount Vernon left the road, rolled over, and caught on fire near Reservation Road and Stevenson Road.  The driver said that they had been traveling on Stevenson Road when the car failed to stop for the stop sign at Reservation Road causing the car to go into a ditch and roll over. The 20-year-old Anacortes man was transported to the hospital with a possible arm injury. The driver was cited for driving with a suspended license and negligent driving. 

A 33-year-old Anacortes woman was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant after an officer recognized her driving a car on Thompson Road.  The woman was wanted as a material witness to a previous voyeurism complaint.  She was booked into the county jail.

A 65-year-old Anacortes man was cited for negligent driving after the car he was driving collided with a motorcycle driven by a 48-year-old Oak Harbor man.  The car had been traveling south on S. Marches Point Road and started a left turn onto Thompson Road when the driver changed his mind and suddenly turned right.  The car cut off the motorcycle that had been traveling behind it when the motorcycle continued going straight.  The driver of the motorcycle suffered a possible broken hip and a crushed sternum. 

Witnesses reported a large bull in the roadway in the area of the 3000 block of D Avenue. Neighbors of the animal’s owner helped to corral the animal back into its’ field.

Officers responded to an accident on Highway 20 just west of Thompson Road after a car sheered off a light pole, left the roadway, and became embedded in the soft marshy soil. A 56-year-old Anacortes woman was the driver and sole occupant of the car. The woman said that she had no idea what had caused her to crash, but she showed symptoms of being under the influence of drugs.  Several items of drug paraphernalia were found in a purse that contained the woman’s identification. The woman denied ownership of the purse.  The woman was placed under arrest for investigation of driving under the influence of drugs and transported to the hospital. A blood draw was unsuccessful due the woman having poor veins. She was later cited for reckless driving and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

An employee of a business in the 700 block of Commercial Avenue reported the theft of a men’s ring valued at $1000.00 that had been inside of a display case.  The employee said that the unknown thief would have had to walk behind the counter to access the display case.  The employee described a suspicious woman that had been in the store the past week as a person of interest.          

Officers responded to the report of a hit and run accident that occurred in a parking lot of a business in the 2800 block of Commercial Avenue. A witness described the fleeing vehicle and provided a license after chasing after it on foot and confronting the driver. The car was later located at a residence on Haddon Lane and it displayed fresh damage. A 20-year-old Mount Vernon woman associated with the car was later contacted on foot on Commercial Avenue. The woman admitted to driving the car and being confronted by a witness as she drove away.  The woman was cited for having a suspended driver’s license and hit and run.

June 1

An officer stopped a vehicle in the 1500 block of Commercial Avenue for having defective brake lights.  The car was driven by an 18-year-old Anacortes woman and was occupied by several passengers that appeared to be under 21 years of age.  The officer smelled the odor of intoxicants in the vehicle.  Although the driver had not been drinking, several of the passengers showed effects of drinking alcohol and admitted to drinking.  Two 17-year-old Anacortes girls, an 18-year-old Anacortes woman, a 19-year-old Anacortes woman, and a 20-year-old Anacortes man were all either cited or referred for underage drinking. 

A 25-year-old Anacortes man was arrested for drunk driving and violation of an ignition interlock when an officer stopped his car on State Route 20 for having a defective brake light and not using his turn signal.  The smelled strongly of intoxicants and admitted to drinking “three beers.”  He also performed poorly on a field sobriety test.  The man was taken to the police station where he provided two breath samples at approximately twice the legal limit.  His vehicle was also not equipped with an ignition interlock.

June 2

A 55-year-old Anacortes man was for domestic violence assault after his reported that he had grabbed her by the throat during an argument at their house in the 2200 block of 31st Street. The man admitted to arguing with his wife because she had accused him of flirting with a realtor, but he denied having touched her.  He claimed that she had threatened to shoot him. The woman said that her husband had grabbed her by the throat and pushed her back against a washing machine before hitting her in the head with his fist. The woman admitted to telling her husband she would shoot him if he ever assaulted her again, but that she had not actually brandished a gun. The man was determined to be the primary aggressor and he was booked into jail. 

June 3

An Ashland Oregon resident reported the theft of a $1000 wristwatch, bottles of alcohol, a baseball cap, and loose change from his 45 foot boat that was stored inside of a fenced boat yard in the 700 block of 30th Street. There was no sign of forced entry into the boat, and the business that owned the boat yard could provide no suspect information.

A 22-year-old Anacortes man driving a delivery service van was cited for hit and run after the owner of a car saw the delivery van back into his car in a parking lot in the 1000 block of 21st Street.  The van driver initially said that he believed he had struck a curb and that was why he left the scene.  The victim said that he had seen the van driver and a passenger both exit the van and examine the damage to his car.  The van driver then said that he had not seen any damage to the car, although an officer reported the damage was obvious.  A mark on the delivery van was consistent with backing into the car.  The van driver was cited and released.

June 4

An officer contacted two Anacortes teenaged boys in the 1600 block of O Avenue after seeing the boys running across Commercial Avenue carrying a large bag of candy and a box of strawberries after midnight. The boys claimed they had purchased the items at a grocery store. The officer asked to see a receipt at which time the boys stared at each other and admitted that they had stolen the items from the grocery store. The boys were placed under arrest and they explained that they had stolen the items because they were hungry and didn’t have any money.  Both boys were taken home to their mother’s and were later referred to Juvenile Court for theft. 

An 86-year-old Anacortes woman called 911 to report that her 81-year-old husband of over fifty years was aggravating her to the point of her wanting to hurt him.  Both parties were spoken to and expressed their displeasure with the other.  The couple’s family was notified and intervention by Adult Protective Services was requested. 

A 45-year-old Anacortes woman was arrested for domestic violence assault at a house in the 2500 block of J Avenue after allegedly pushing her 35-year-old brother down a short flight of stairs causing him to re-injure his wrist that had just had a cast removed the previous day.  Other family members at the house said that the woman attacked her brother for no apparent reason.  The woman’s 73-year-old father also said that she had pushed him to the floor earlier in the day.  The woman appeared to be intoxicated and she was uncooperative and profane during the arrest process.  The woman was booked into jail. 

June 5

A woman in the 2500 block of Highland Drive reported that someone had siphoned approximately a half tank of gas from her husband’s SUV last month.  The woman said that a week later, someone had tampered with the back sliding door of her house. 

Police interviewed two Anacortes High School students after a witness saw the two girls looking through other students gym lockers.  One of the girls admitted to taking an I-Pod that had been removed from her pocket by school officials.  The other girl claimed that cash found in the girls pockets had been taken from a wallet by the other girl and split with her.  The two girls were released to family members with possible theft charges pending. 

Witnesses observed a man carrying a small case walk into the woods near an elementary school in the 1300 block of 41st Street. The man exited the woods without the case and left in a car. The witnesses checked the woods, located the case, and called the police.  Police retrieved the case and found possible drug paraphernalia and hookah smoking items. The items were logged into evidence for future disposal. 

June 6

Anacortes officers assisted Skagit County Sheriff’s Deputies in searching for a man who allegedly stabbed another man at a residence on Marches Point Road just outside of the City limits.  The suspect was not located. 

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