A resident of the 1300 block of Dakota Avenue reported he interrupted a vehicle prowl and he had the prowler at gunpoint around 2:28 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. Police arrived and took custody of the 18-year-old male suspect who resides in Anacortes.
The victim said he took his dogs outside and saw the suspect inside his truck looking around while holding a flashlight. The victim retrieved his gun from inside his home and held the man at gunpoint until police arrived.
Police found a switchblade-style knife on the suspect when he was searched. The suspect later told police he decided to take a walk and saw the window of the truck was broken out and it would be an “easy way to take a few things.” The suspect admitted he “froze” when the man pointed a gun at him because he was afraid.
The suspect also claimed that he did not know possessing a switchblade was illegal. He was booked into jail on charges of vehicle prowling and possession of a dangerous weapon.
Among the other 189 cases handled by Anacortes police during the previous week:
Friday, Sept. 28
• An officer recognized a 27-year-old Coupeville man walking in the 1200 block of Commercial Avenue and was aware he had a warrant for reckless driving. He was arrested and during the search the officer found a dagger concealed in a sheath that was suspended around the man’s neck under his shirt.
The man said he was unaware it is illegal to furtively carry the dagger. He was booked into jail on the warrant and faces a new charge of possession of a dangerous weapon.
• An officer arrested a 25-year-old Anacortes man in the 2400 block of Commercial Avenue on a warrant for domestic violence assault. The jail declined to accept the man for booking and he was released after being given a new court date.
Saturday, Sept. 29
• Police were dispatched to a grocery store in the 900 block of 11th Street around 12:21 a.m. regarding the report of a child sleeping on the ground outside one of the entrances. The child was determined to be a 44-year-old Everett man who had a warrant for theft out of Mount Vernon. He was arrested.
The man also had an unopened bottle of wine near him but it could not be determined if he had stolen it. The jail would not accept the man for booking and he was released after being given a new court date.
• The driver’s side window of a car parked in the 1000 block of Fifth Street was broken out with an unknown object. Nothing was stolen from inside the vehicle. The victim was suspicious of a man whom she has a protection order against, but when police spoke with the man he denied any involvement.
• Police were asked to check on the welfare of a 48-year-old man at a home in the 1500 block of 13th Street after he called 911 and told the dispatcher he was going to jail tonight. The man also made other nonsensical statements to the dispatcher. Police arrived and the man ranted about the mafia “taking over the world.”
He was arrested and booked into jail after police learned he had a warrant from previous charges of theft and resisting arrest.
• An officer checked on a vehicle parked at a strange angle on the side of Highway 20 near Fidalgo Bay Road around 11:12 p.m. The officer found an 18-year-old Anacortes man who appeared to be sleeping in the back seat. The man claimed he was just waiting for friends, but when he sat up the officer saw a blood-soaked paper towel and a bloody knife on the seat.
The man then admitted he had been cutting himself, and he showed the officer several fresh cuts across his wrists. The man said he was upset and had had a very hard day.
He declined the officer’s offer to go the hospital, but it was determined he was a danger to himself and he was taken into protective custody. The man was then taken to the emergency room for treatment.
Sunday, Sept. 30
• An officer stopped a car in the 1500 block of 12th Street after seeing it towing two skateboarders who were clinging to the rear bumper around 6:14 a.m. One of the skateboarders, a 22-year-old Anacortes man, was intoxicated and claimed they were “shooting a skateboard video.” The man said he asked the woman to drive his vehicle because he was too intoxicated and he had been arrested for DUI recently.
The driver, a 22-year-old Anacortes woman, smelled of intoxicants and had a mostly empty bottle of vodka on the floor near her. The woman claimed she had one drink since getting off work a few hours earlier.
She failed field sobriety tests and was arrested on a charge of DUI. She provided breath samples that were almost twice the legal limit. She was cited for DUI and released to a sober friend.
• A blue 1988 Honda Civic was reported stolen from where it was parked near the Guemes ferry in the 500 block of I Avenue sometime in the previous week. The victim, a Guemes Island resident, said she believed the car had been locked.
Monday, Oct. 1
• A $300 1964 McCullough 7½ horsepower antique boat motor was stolen from a residence in the 3900 block of Commercial Avenue. The motor was left unsecured outside the garage.
• A 16-year-old Anacortes boy was referred to juvenile court on charges of illegal possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after school staff caught him with a small amount of marijuana, a smoking pipe and an inhaler used to inhale vaporized marijuana while on school grounds. The boy allegedly admitted he used marijuana many times a day for fun.
The boy’s mother came to the school and told police she was aware of the boy’s habit and she didn’t believe it was a problem. The woman voiced her opinion that marijuana should be legalized and she had no intention of stopping her son from using the drug.
• A red boys’ Schwinn 18-speed mountain bike was stolen from the bike rack at Mount Erie Elementary School. The bike had been left chained to a wooden rack, but the unknown thief broke a wooden slat and stole the bike and the chain.
• An Anacortes man reported he received two telephone calls from a woman with a foreign accent claiming to be from the “Government Grants Corporation” offering the man grants for several thousand dollars if he would send her $225 along with picture identification. The man was suspicious and did not send any money.
Police called the phone number provided initially by the woman. The officer questioned her about her location and legitimacy, but the woman hung up when she found out she was speaking with a police officer.
Wednesday, Oct. 3
• Police responded to a home on 13th Street regarding the report of a man who appeared to be in pain and vomiting on the lawn around 11:51 a.m. It was learned the 21-year-old man had been smoking marijuana and drinking beer all morning and that made him sick.
He had also been arguing with another man who was the primary resident at the home. A court order was in effect that prohibited the man from being at the home or having any contact with the primary resident. The man was taken to the hospital due to his extreme intoxication, where he was cited for violating the no-contact order.
• A car belonging to a Port Townsend couple was vandalized while parked at the Washington State Ferries terminal for a few days. The couple discovered someone had poured what appeared to be acid on the vehicle’s hood causing extensive damage to the paint, headlight lens, and front bumper. Estimated damage is $1,700.
• An employee of a medical facility in the 1200 block of 24th Street found someone removed the cover from the steering column on her unlocked car while it was parked in one of the facility’s lots. It did not appear any of the wiring was tampered with in an attempt to hot wire the car though. The interior of the car was rummaged through, and the victim was missing a pair of sunglasses and a belt.
• A citizen called 911 as she was concerned after seeing a man walking a woman with a leash around her neck on Commercial Avenue. The 22-year-old woman told police she wanted the leash around her neck and was under no duress.
• An officer stopped a car on the Highway 20 spur after confirming the driver, a 19-year-old Bow man, had a $25,000 bail felony warrant from a previous drug possession charge. He was arrested without incident and booked into jail.
• An Anacortes woman reported she invited a friend to her motel room in the 3000 block of Commercial Avenue and the friend stole her Honda Accord while she was taking a shower. The victim said her purse had also been stolen from inside the room.
The purse contained the victim’s identification, clothing, cigarettes and $100 in cash. The victim could only provide a first name for the female suspect, and she is working with the police to identify and locate the woman and her vehicle.
• A 21-year-old Anacortes area transient was arrested on a charge of shoplifting after employees of a store in the 1600 block of Commercial Avenue saw him leave the store without paying for several packages of beef jerky around 10:45 p.m. Police found the man riding a bicycle a short distance away and took him into custody.
During the search of the man, police found an illegal butterfly knife in his pocket and several small baggies with trace amounts of suspected methamphetamine. He was booked into jail on charges of theft, possession of a dangerous weapon, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
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