Alert neighbors called police after seeing an unknown man walk out of the backyard of a house in the 1200 block of Sixth Street while the owners were away around 8 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19. Police found the man riding a bicycle near 14th Street and K Avenue, and he allegedly admitted being in the backyard but claimed he was taking apples off a tree because he was homeless.
The man initially provided police with a false name and date of birth, but when informed he was under arrest for trespassing and theft he provided his true identity as a 21-year-old Mount Vernon-area transient. The man said he lied because he had a warrant for a previous criminal trespass charge. The man was searched and several items of drug paraphernalia were found on him along with a small amount of suspected methamphetamine.
The man was riding a bicycle that was determined to have been stolen from a home in the 1900 block of 12th Street. The man was booked into jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance and faces additional charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, theft and criminal trespass.
Among the other 175 cases handled by Anacortes police during the previous week:
Friday, Oct. 19
• Police were dispatched to a grocery store in the 1500 block of Commercial Avenue regarding the report of an intoxicated woman inside the store around 11:55 a.m. The woman, a 50-year-old Fidalgo Island resident, had two warrants out of Island County and Oak Harbor. She was arrested and turned over to an Island County Sheriff’s deputy for booking into their jail.
• The mother of a 20-year-old Anacortes man reported she found drug paraphernalia in her son’s bedroom and she believed he was high on heroin. Police contacted the woman and her son at their 18th Street home and the son allegedly admitted the burnt spoons, cut pens with drug residue, used syringes, foil, and cotton were all his because he was a heroin user. He denied being high at that time or having any heroin in his room.
He was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Saturday, Oct. 20
• A $75 purple Specialized Hardrock mountain bike was stolen from the front yard of a home in the 1100 block of 15th Street.
• Police responded to an apartment complex in the 1100 block of 27th Court regarding the report of a suspicious man driving in circles and knocking on doors around 12:57 a.m. The man, a 48-year-old Allen resident, told officers he was trying to visit some friends in the complex. The man had a warrant from a previous driving offense out of Island County and he was arrested.
When the man was searched, police found three plastic straws containing heroin residue. The man also had several knives and a stun gun on him. He was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia and then turned over to an Island County deputy for booking on the warrant.
• A 41-year-old woman was arrested on domestic violence assault charges after she allegedly argued with her boyfriend and punched him in the back at their home. The man claimed he had been hit hard enough to knock him off balance and cause substantial pain. The couple had been arguing about the man’s desire to have the woman move out.
The woman struggled against officers while being handcuffed and she repeatedly tried to pull away from them. When she was taken to the county jail for booking, the jail staff found a drug-smoking pipe hidden in her bra and a small baggy of suspected methamphetamine hidden in her hair. In addition to the assault charge, the woman also faces possession of a controlled substance charge.
• A 27-year-old woman was arrested at a home in the 2500 block of H Avenue for having three warrants, including a felony warrant for failing to appear at a court hearing. The two misdemeanor warrants were for driving with a suspended license and illegal possession of marijuana. She was booked into jail.
• A 21-year-old Anacortes man was booked into jail on three counts of misdemeanor assault after he allegedly punched and kicked a man, a woman, and a teenage girl at their apartment. The suspect was intoxicated and the residents had been trying to get him to leave the apartment because he was an unwanted guest.
When the man tried to escort the suspect out, the suspect reportedly punched and kicked the man, punched the girl and punched the woman in the chest and neck and kicked her in the leg. The suspect then fled.
Police found him hiding in a shed in the 1200 block of 15th Street. The man struggled with officers while being arrested and displayed severe mood swings.
• Police contacted a 66-year-old woman at her home after she allegedly told a family member she took an unknown quantity of pills and was dying. The woman was uncooperative and argumentative with paramedics who arrived. It was determined she was likely using a ploy to get sympathy and she declined medical attention.
About an hour later, police and paramedics returned after receiving another report that the woman again said she took an unknown quantity of pills and was suicidal. The woman denied calling anyone for help. She was combative with and tried to strike paramedics. She was taken involuntarily to the hospital for evaluation.
Sunday, Oct. 21
• A gym bag containing clothing, a watch, sunglasses and $741 in cash was stolen from a car in a parking lot in the 200 block of T Avenue. The car was believed to have been left unlocked.
Monday, Oct. 22
• A 69-year-old Anacortes woman suffered an apparent stroke while driving westbound on 12th Street, causing her to lose control of her van around 1:27 p.m. The woman’s van crossed the centerline as it traveled through the D Avenue intersection and struck an eastbound station wagon head on that was being driven by a Kirkland woman.
The impact caused the station wagon to be pushed back into another vehicle traveling immediately behind it. The vehicles were extensively damaged, but no one was seriously hurt as the result of the collision.
The Anacortes woman was transported to the emergency room for treatment.
• Two antique bicycles from the 1930s were stolen from a home in the 1200 block of Sixth Street. One of the bikes was reported to be a Working Man brand. Estimated value is $100 each.
• Someone forced open a door to the garage at a home in the 1400 block of 26th Street. Nothing appeared to have been stolen or disturbed inside the home.
• A 26-year-old Anacortes man was arrested at his place of employment in the 1100 block of 27th Street on two outstanding felony warrants issued after he failed to appear in court on charges of residential burglary. He was booked into jail.
Tuesday, Oct. 23
• A 17-year-old Anacortes boy allegedly admitted to police he smoked a bowl of marijuana in the woods while walking to school and when he realized he had nowhere else to put his pipe, he put the pipe in his backpack and continued to school. School officials called the police after confiscating the pipe from the boy.
The boy told the officer he smoked marijuana to “self-medicate” and he didn’t think he had a drug problem. The boy was referred to juvenile court for a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.
• Unknown vandals unwrapped and stuck numerous cheese slices all over a wet car parked in the 1800 block of Ninth Street. The cheese washed off and the car was undamaged.
• Police responded to an apartment regarding the report of a man and woman screaming at each other around 10:38 p.m. Police spoke with a 34-year-old man and his 32-year-old intoxicated wife and learned they had been fighting after the man told his wife he slept with another woman.
The man had fresh bite marks on his arm, cuts on his upper lip that were bleeding, and fresh scratches on his nose and neck. The man said his wife attacked him by biting, scratching at his face and eyes, and punching him repeatedly.
The woman claimed her husband knocked her down and hit her in the face, but she had no visible marks. A neighbor reported he saw the man trying to leave a couple of times, but the woman would follow him outside and hit him until he returned inside the apartment. The woman was determined to be the primary aggressor and she was arrested on a charge of domestic violence assault. She was booked into jail.
Thursday, Oct. 25
• A 43-year-old Anacortes man was booked into jail on assault charges after he allegedly beat up a 13-year-old boy at the man’s home. The boy is the son of the man’s ex-girlfriend and returned to Anacortes to live with the man for a while, but had changed his mind when he realized the man’s behavior patterns had not changed. The man had reportedly come home from being out drinking and become enraged at the boy when the boy told him he wanted to return to live with his mother. The man allegedly beat on the boy for almost an hour by punching him in the face and head repeatedly, throwing him around the room and over furniture, pressing his boot into the boys sternum and grinding back and forth, and whipping the boy with a belt.
The boy had bruises and welts on his face, neck, and arms. The boy was examined and treated at the hospital after it was initially believed his arm might have been broken. Police spoke with neighbors who lived in the suspect’s building and they said they heard the man yelling at the boy but did not hear the assault.
However, one neighbor said the suspect had told him, “The little bastard got his ass whooped.” Police arrested the man at his home/shop without incident. The man told police he was tired of the boy’s “belligerent attitude” and he had enough. The man denied punching the boy but said “maybe” he hit him with a belt.
The man claimed he was a trained fighter and the boy would be “in the hospital or dead” if he had really been trying to harm him. The man said he had just been trying to teach the boy some respect.
• Unknown burglars stole 12 knives from a flea market business in the 7600 block of Highway 20 during closing hours. The knives were stolen from various display cases within the building. A glass panel was broken out of a door and was believed to be the point of entry. The combined value of the knives was estimated at more than $500.
• A large gas can and fuel lines were stolen from a 14-foot work boat tied up at the Washington State Ferries terminal. Estimated loss is $75.
Friday, Oct. 26
• A burglary was reported at a business in the 8600 block of S. March’s Point Road after employees arrived for work and discovered the lock on a tool storage shed was broken off. Missing from the storage area were four gas cans, a string trimmer and a leaf blower. Police are using security camera video to try to identify a possible suspect.
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