A 16-year-old Anacortes boy was referred to juvenile court on charges of assault after he allegedly grabbed a 12-year-old boy around the neck and pushed him down a ramp at the skate park in the 2300 block of R Avenue around 8:16 p.m. Saturday, April 14. The boy suffered two scratches after hitting the ground.
The older boy allegedly admitted he pushed the other boy after the younger boy used a racial slur. The younger boy allegedly admitted to making the slur, but said he had said it in question form when the older boy’s friends asked him what he was saying.
The older boy said the younger boy’s friends had also been using racial slurs and he finally lost his patience and pushed the one boy.
The younger boy also faces charges of disorderly conduct for using language that created the risk of assault.
Among the other 179 cases handled by Anacortes police during the previous week:
Friday, April 13
• A 28-year-old Anacortes man was arrested at a home on M Avenue for violating the terms of a temporary protection order after he allegedly called his wife at least a dozen times in violation of the order. The order barred the man from having any contact with his wife.
The woman said her husband also texted her several times. The man even called here while an officer was present taking her complaint. He was booked into jail.
• Officers were advised a vehicle was heading toward Anacortes around 4:48 p.m. after the occupants were seen drinking in the vehicle after being kicked out of a nearby casino for being underage. Officers found the vehicle in the 1000 block of 22nd Street and contacted the four occupants.
The men all denied drinking, but two, a 21-year-old Sedro-Woolley man and an 18-year-old Sedro-Woolley man, had warrants and were arrested. The warrants stemmed from previous charges of suspended driving, theft and assault.
Two other teenage males in the vehicle provided breath samples that showed they had not been drinking.
The jail would not accept the men for booking due to overcrowding, so they were released after getting new court dates.
• A man living in the 1000 block of Seventh Street reported he had been assaulted by a 34-year-old transient male who came to his home looking for handouts and cigarettes. The victim was familiar with the transient, but when the victim refused to give the suspect anything, the suspect then allegedly punched the victim in the head several times. The victim suffered bloody scratches and bruises.
Police found the suspect walking in the 800 block of Q Avenue and arrested him. The suspect allegedly admitted that he “shoved” the victim but claimed he was only defending himself. The suspect had no visible injuries. He was booked into jail on assault charges.
• An officer checking the area of Ferry Terminal Road after someone reported hearing gunshots in the area found an occupied van parked in an unusual location behind a vacant restaurant building around 11:04 p.m. The occupants, a 31-year-old Fidalgo Island man and a 29-year-old woman, said they had not heard any gunshots. They rolled the van down to their location to get it off the road after it broke down.
Police learned a domestic violence protection order prohibited the man from having any contact with the woman. He was arrested and booked into jail for violating the court order.
Saturday, April 14
• A 44-year-old man was booked into jail on domestic violence assault charges after he allegedly pushed his common law wife to the ground at their home. The man was reportedly upset at the woman after he was asked to move out.
A witness also confirmed the man had shoved the woman down. The man claimed he accidentally bumped into the woman, causing her to fall.
• Police contacted a 32-year-old woman at a home in the 3800 block of R Avenue while investigating an animal problem. Police learned she had a warrant out of Idaho from an aggravated assault charge. Idaho authorities agreed to extradite, so the woman was arrested and booked into the county jail as a fugitive from justice.
Sunday, April 15
• A 37-year-old Anacortes man was issued a traffic ticket for negligent driving after he lost control of his car on Heart Lake Road and struck a large tree around 12:36 a.m. The car sustained extensive damage and appeared to be a total loss, but the driver walked away from the scene and went home before calling the police. The car skidded about 185 feet before it hit the tree. Excessive speed appeared to be a factor in the collision.
• Headphones to an MP3 player, a small flashlight and $18 in quarters were reported stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked in a driveway at a home in the 2400 block of 28th Street.
Monday, April 16
• Someone stole about $10 in loose change from an unlocked car parked at a residence in the 2400 block of 31st Street.
• An officer arrested a 20-year-old Anacortes man in the 1000 block of 23rd Street on a warrant for a previous violation of a protection order. During a search the officer found a folded bandana in the man’s jacket that contained a syringe, plastic baggies that contained heroin residue, a burnt spoon and cotton swabs.
The man allegedly admitted he was a daily heroin user. The jail declined to accept the man for booking on his warrant. He was cited for a new charge of possession of drug paraphernalia and released.
• A Camano Island man reported his 2001 Honda XR 650 motorcycle was stolen from the carport of his friend’s home in the 5100 block of Sterling Drive. The victim had been storing the motorcycle at his friend’s home since last summer.
The friend told the victim the motorcycle disappeared last December and he assumed the victim retrieved it. The motorcycle was reported to not be in running condition at the time it was stolen.
• An Anacortes woman reported several items were stolen from her backpack stored in an unlocked locker in the woman’s locker room at the Fidalgo Pool and Fitness Center. Reported missing was a $1,200 Mavado brand diamond watch, a $900 gold bracelet with tribal designs and $20 in cash. The investigation continues.
• Another Anacortes woman reported a theft at Fidalgo Pool. She reported her credit card was stolen from her wallet inside of her purse, which was stored in an unlocked locker in the locker room. The woman canceled her credit card but not before it was fraudulently used at an Anacortes area gas station.
Tuesday, April 17
• About $400 worth of prescription medication was stolen from a car parked at the library. The victim returned to her car and found a back door ajar and then discovered the missing medication. The victim told police her car had been secured, but there was no evidence of forced entry.
• A witness reported seeing a physical altercation between a man and a woman who were sitting in a station wagon in the 1000 block of 27th Street around 10:33 a.m. The witness reported the man was trying to push the woman out of the car and he appeared to be hitting her with some type of a stick or cane while ordering her to get out. The woman then got out of the car and fled on foot and the man in the car drove away.
Police recognized the descriptions of the man, woman and vehicle from previous contacts. A second witness told police he saw the man hitting the woman with some kind of stick. This witness knew the involved couple and confirmed their identities.
Police found the 44-year-old Anacortes-area transient in his vehicle in the 2700 block of T Avenue. The man allegedly admitted arguing with his girlfriend, but he denied pushing her or hitting her with any type of stick.
The man allowed police to search his car and officers found a wooden sword buried under some clothing. The man was arrested on a charge of domestic violence assault and booked into jail.
The first witness was shown the sword and confirmed it was the same item that the man allegedly used to hit the woman. Police later found the victim and saw that she had fresh scratches on her face and neck, although she claimed the man had not hit her.
• The owner of a home on K Avenue returned around 3:48 p.m. and noticed the sliding glass door was partially open. After entering the home, the homeowner heard the front door open and close. The homeowner then went to her bedroom and found her jewelry boxes had been pulled apart and the contents were missing. Her husband also returned home and found more items had been stolen.
The missing items included a Dell laptop computer, a 1962 gold class ring, a men’s gold wedding band, a Thomas Kinkade charm bracelet and numerous pieces of U.S. Navy uniform jewelry. Estimated loss is more than $2,200. It appeared entry into the home had been made by prying open the sliding door.
Thursday, April 19
• Police are investigating damage to the turf at a new baseball field in the 3800 block of H Avenue. A witness reported seeing two trucks on the field and one of them appeared to be stuck. The vehicles were gone when an officer arrived but the officer found the turf torn up from what appeared to be one of vehicles spinning “doughnuts.”
The officer subsequently spoke with a man who confirmed he drove onto the field to pull his friend’s truck out as it had gotten stuck. Police are still looking to speak with the friend, a 20-year-old Anacortes man. He faces possible charges of malicious mischief and driving with a suspended license.
Friday, April 20
• An officer stopped a car in the 3300 block of Commercial Avenue for speeding on Highway 20 coming into town around 1 a.m. The driver, a 32-year-old Anacortes man, smelled of intoxicants and had watery, bloodshot eyes.
He briefly argued with the officer by saying he couldn’t have been speeding because his car was a “1986” and wouldn’t go that fast. The man had a small amount of marijuana in the car, but he had a prescription for the drug.
He refused to perform field sobriety tests, but based upon the officer’s observations he was arrested for impaired driving. He provided breath samples that were almost twice the legal limit. The man, who had two previous DUI arrests, was booked into jail on the new DUI charge.
• An Anacortes woman checked her business bank account and found an unauthorized charge of about $600. The victim contacted her bank, which declined the transaction and closed the account to protect the victim.
It was learned someone had used the victim’s debit card number to make a purchase from an online pharmacy based out of Miami. The victim was still in possession of the debit card and had not made any online purchases so it was unknown how the unknown suspect(s) obtained the account number.
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