Suspect Arrested for Armed Robbery after Online Sales Transaction

On Thursday, December 20 at approximately 12 noon, 3rd District officers responded for the report of an armed robbery that had just occurred at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and East West Highway in Silver Spring.

Third District investigators learned that the victim had made arrangements through the web-based operation “OfferUp” to sell Christian Louboutin Louis Orlato Holographic sneakers valued at $700. The seller-victim and buyer-suspect met at the Silver Spring location for the sale/exchange and there was a disagreement over the transaction. During the disagreement, the suspect displayed a handgun and left the area with the shoes.

Through the course of the investigation detectives developed Davon Alfred Moore, age 24, of the 2500 block of R St. SE. A warrant was obtained charging him with armed robbery, robbery, first-degree assault, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and theft between $100 and $1,500. He was arrested on Monday, December 24 and released on Wednesday, December 26 after posting a $5,000 bond.

The Montgomery County Police Department has designated safe Exchange Zones for residents to complete online transactions.  These Exchange Zones are located at each of the six police district station’s lobbies and parking lots (with the exception of the Second District parking lot). Find more information about Exchange Zones, here.

When selling or purchasing items from an unknown person, the Montgomery County Police Department offers the following safety tips:

  • Always meet the buyer or seller at an exchange zone that is well populated, well lit, and preferably at a designated police exchange zone.
  • Tell a friend or family member where you’re going to meet someone and when possible, take a friend with you.
  • Inform the buyer/seller that you will not be alone.
  • Do not invite strangers into your home.
  • Never give out any personal or financial information.
  • When dealing with large sums of cash, don’t be afraid to tell the buyer that you will want to check the bills for authenticity.
  • It is OK to show a buyer that you have an item, but do not surrender it until you have checked the validity of the currency.
  • Look for the denomination specific security features. Each bill has a specific watermark and security thread.
  • Sometimes an advertised sale is a scam…trust your instincts – if it sounds like a scam or too good to be true, it probably is.

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Update: Serious Pedestrian Collision in Darnestown Now Fatal

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a serious collision involving a pedestrian that occurred on Friday, December 14, in Darnestown.

On Friday, December 14, at approximately 5:19 p.m., 1st District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the intersection of Darnestown Road and Ancient Oak Drive for the report of a serious collision involving a pedestrian.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that a 2015 Acura TLX, driven by Adrian Takashi Culp, age 21, of Flameleaf Court in Gaithersburg, was traveling eastbound on Darnestown Road approaching Ancient Oak Drive.  A pedestrian, identified as Nancy Jean Soulen, age 87, of the 15300 block of Quail Run Drive in Darnestown, was crossing Darnestown Road in a southerly direction near Ancient Oak Drive.  For reasons still under investigation, the Acura collided with Soulen near the intersection.

Soulen was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries and succumbed to her injuries in the early morning hours of Sunday, December 16, 2018.  Culp was not injured in the collision.

This collision remains under investigation.  Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.



Concern for Missing Woman from Bethesda

Update: December 13, 2018 – Carla Bianca Pettinelli has been located safe and unharmed.

Carla Bianca Pettinelli

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 2nd District Investigative Section are asking the public for help in locating a missing Bethesda woman.

Carla Bianca Pettinelli was last seen at her home in the 8000 block of Maple Ridge Road in Bethesda.  Pettinelli was last seen by a home caregiver between 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm at her residence.

Pettinelli is a 69 year old, white female, 5’4″, 120 pounds.  She has brown hair and is most likely wearing a black jacket, black hat, black gloves and glasses.

Family members believe that Pettinelli may be in the area of Great Falls Park. This evening, a search of the area by police found her vehicle parked and unoccupied in Great Falls Park.

Police continue to search for Pettinelli and seek the public’s assistance in locating her.  Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Carla Bianca Pettinelli is asked to call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24 hours).





Detectives Investigate Serious Pedestrian Collision with Police Vehicle in Wheaton

Detectives from the Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a collision between a Montgomery County Police vehicle and a pedestrian that occurred in Wheaton this evening.

On Thursday, December 6, 2018, at approximately 9:27 p.m., officers from the 4th District along with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services personnel responded to Georgia Avenue in the area of Blueridge Avenue for a pedestrian collision involving a marked, Montgomery County Police vehicle.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2016 Ford Taurus, marked police vehicle, was traveling southbound on Georgia Avenue in the area of Blueridge Avenue when it became involved in a collision with an adult male pedestrian in the roadway.  The officer driving the police vehicle was not responding to an emergency incident and did not have their emergency equipment activated at the time of the collision.  The pedestrian was not within a crosswalk at the time of the collision.

The pedestrian was transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries.  The officer driving the police vehicle was not injured.

This collision investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.



Here Comes Santa Claus! Riding into Town on His Harley to Benefit The Children’s Inn at NIH

On Wednesday, December 12, Santa will trade in his sleigh to ride a Harley-Davidson motorcycle during the Police Department’s annual Santa Ride that benefits The Children’s Inn at NIH.  The Department invites residents to stop at any of the predetermined locations to visit with Santa and his motor officer elves.


Santa and his elves (aka: motor officers) will travel throughout the county on their motorcycles as they make their way to bring gifts and donations from local businesses and organizations to the children and families at The Children’s Inn at NIH (National Institutes of Health).  While at the Inn, officers will help the children choose presents for their family members at a gift shop.

“Located on the NIH campus, The Children’s Inn is a nonprofit hospitality house that provides free lodging and supportive services to families of children with rare and serious illnesses whose best hope is a clinical trial at the NIH. Every year, The Children’s Inn houses more than 1,700 children and their families from across the United States and the world to help reduce the burden of illness on families, make childhood possible despite illness and advance medical breakthroughs at the NIH that benefit children today and generations to come. For more information about The Children’s Inn, visit or follow us on social media at  — Facebook: @TheChildrensInn; Twitter: @TheChildrensInn; Instagram: @thechildrensinn” – The Children’s Inn at NIH


WHEN: Wednesday, December 12, 2018



Starting Location
5th District (Germantown) Station 20000 Aircraft Drive, Germantown 10:00 a.m.


Address Arrival Time
Upcounty Regional Services Center 12900 Middlebrook Road, Germantown 10:05 a.m.
Public Safety Headquarters
100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg 10:45 a.m.
RIO Washingtonian Center (Target)
25 Grand Corner Avenue, Gaithersburg 11:15 a.m.
Fair Hill Plaza – Olney Town Center (near fountain)
18169 Town Center Drive, Olney 2:30 p.m.
Ellsworth Drive near Starbucks 915 Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring 3:15 p.m.
Pike & Rose shopping center
11580 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda 4:00 p.m.
The Children’s Inn at NIH Private event – Patients only 4:45 p.m.

*Santa will do his very best to stay on schedule but please note that all times are approximate.  Please follow the Department on Twitter @mcpnews during the Santa Ride for the most up-to-the-minute information.

In the past, residents have inquired why the Santa Ride cannot begin at night so that school children may have a better opportunity to see Santa.  Please know that the ultimate goal of this ride is to meet with the families of NIH, so we need to make sure that we arrive at the Inn at a reasonable hour and that Santa has time to talk with all of the children there.  We appreciate your understanding.






To Whom It May Concern:

The Montgomery County Police Department, in association with other law enforcement offices within the county have become partners in the annual “Santa’s Escort Ride” to benefit The Children’s Inn at NIH. The procession of over 30 uniformed policemen led by Santa on a Harley has become a highlight of the holiday season for the last several years. The charity ride has even captured the attention of many media outlets.

The Children’s Inn is a private, nonprofit, family-centered residence for pediatric outpatients at the National Institutes of Health. Its purpose is to keep children together with their families during serious illness, reduce their stress and facilitate the healing process through mutual support. In fiscal year 2018, more than 1,700 families came from 50 states and 94 countries to stay at The Inn. Families do not pay to stay at the Inn; we rely solely on private contributions to sustain our operations.

We are seeking financial donations from local organizations and businesses. All donations raised from this event will help support operational expenses as well as programs for the entire family. These services include recreational, therapeutic, wellness, educational, and spiritual programming. Each one designed to build community and wellbeing among residents and to provide children and families a natural opportunity to meet and make friends with others going through similar experiences.

We are hoping you will be able to donate to this charity event. Your charitable, tax-deductible donation will help The Children’s Inn continue to provide much needed services to seriously ill children and their families. To provide a financial donation on-line, please visit our website at, and enter your information. You may also mail your donation to The Children’s Inn at NIH, Attn: Donation Department in c/o Santa Police Ride, 7 West Drive, Bethesda, MD  20814.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact me at or by phone at 301-451-9454.  Thank you in advance for considering our request.

With gratitude,

Laura King

Sr. Director of Community Engagement






FOLLOW ALONG ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER: Virtual “Santa Ride” – #MCPSantaRide #MotorSanta

Montgomery County Police Department (Facebook)

@mcpnews on Twitter

  • If you are unable to stop and see Santa and his elves along the Santa Ride route, MCP invites you to join us on a virtual ride-along with Santa as MCP officers will post updates to our social media (Facebook and Twitter) as the Santa Ride progresses through the County. #MCPSantaRide #MotorSanta
  • If you are able to join us along the way, please tag/share your social media photos.