Shoplifter wields knife, spat prompts couple's arrest, three is a crowd: San Juan County Sheriff's Log

San Juan County Sheriff's Department reported responding to these calls:

July 4: Two Seattle 20-year-olds were among several people arrested for being minors in possession of alcohol after deputies happened upon about a dozen revelers, most of whom were under 21, drinking beer onboard a boat at Roche Harbor Resort marina. Officers reportedly intend to issue several more criminal citations, including one for the person who furnished the group with beer.

July 5: Several hard blows to the head from a flashlight prompted an intruder to flee from a couple's sleeping cabin following an early morning misadventure at a Friday Harbor marina. The couple were in bed and asleep onboard their boat, moored at the time at a private marina on Warbass Way, when an unidentified man reportedly tried to crawl into their bed at about 2 a.m.

A heated argument and an abrupt stop in the middle of the road led to the arrest of a San Juan Island woman for DUI, and the arrest of her boyfriend for disorderly conduct, obstructing an officer and resisting arrest. The 32-year-old man, reportedly intoxicated, was apprehended for trying to intervene as officers were leading his girlfriend through a field sobriety test. The 32-year-old woman drew attention of a deputy by stopping in the middle of Tucker Avenue at about 11 p.m., after which she reportedly ordered her boyfriend out of the car and tossed his backpack into the bushes.

A mid-morning single-car collision and confrontation with an off-duty officer, and two blasts from a Taser, prompted authorities to air-lift a San Juan Island man to a mainland hospital for evaluation and treatment. An altercation ensued when the 50-year-old, reportedly injured after crashing his pickup in the 3600 block of Roche Harbor Road at about 9 a.m., tried to drive away from the scene. The altercation reportedly continued when an on-duty officer arrived as well.

A clash between a young couple and accidental 911 call prompted the arrest of an 18-year-old Friday Harbor girl for damaging the interior of her boyfriend's car and an alcohol-related offense. Her 23-year-old beau, who tried to intervene both at the scene and later at the Sheriff's office, was arrested for obstructing an officer and furnishing alcohol to a minor. The two were parked in the bowling alley parking lot when officers, responding to a 911 call, arrived at the scene at about 1:30 a.m.

July 6: A 33-year-old man accused of shoplifting $36 worth of groceries and alcohol from Orcas Island's Island Market faces more serious charges for allegedly brandishing a knife and threatening an employee who tried to detain him. The man, reportedly homeless, was taken into custody after officers found him hiding in the brush at nearby Crescent Beach. He reportedly again threatened the employee while in custody.

Excessive speed and erratic driving prompted the arrest of a San Juan Island woman for DUI following a late-night traffic stop on Guard Street. The 51-year-old, traveling with a 9-year-old girl in the backseat, reportedly was traveling 34 mph in a 25 mph zone and drifting over the center line at the time.

A bag containing $7,400 in computer equipment and work-related information vanished from the car of a Kirkland man who left his vehicle parked overnight in Eastsound. The location of where the car was parked or whether it was locked at the time were not listed in the incident report.

July 7: An Orcas woman was issued a criminal citation after her dog raced out of the front door of her Hemlock Lane home in mid-afternoon and bit a passerby on the leg. The 58-year-old, who had reportedly been out for a walk but left the front door ajar when she returned, received a warning letter a year earlier for allowing the dog to roam the neighborhood.

July 8: A Lopez Island man is the prime suspect in the theft of multiple credit and Social Security cards following investigation of a pile of litter in the 300 block of Lopez Road. The 54-year-old reportedly was driving a vehicle with a stolen license plate attached when deputies located the Volkswagon van, which was caught by surveillance camera near the pile of litter.

July 9: Someone charged nearly $1,400 on a stolen credit card almost immediately after three purses disappeared from an employee cloak room at Orcas Island's Doe Bay Resort. A total of $1,390 in charges were amassed on a missing credit card one hour after the purses disappeared. Credit accounts associated with each missing purse reportedly have been closed.

July 11: Two San Juan Island men were arrested for robbery following a late-night home invasion at a Friday Harbor apartment complex. The two men, 26 and 23, were wearing masks when they forced their way into the apartment at about 11:30 p.m., demanded belongings and then assaulted the occupants. They reportedly were recognized in the altercation, fled the scene and arrested the following day.

— Scott Rasmussen


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