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.

Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Services Employee Charged with Assault & 4th Degree Sexual Offenses Occurring in an Ambulance

Photograph of Mario Obando-Rodriguez

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 1st District Investigative Section have charged Mario Arturo Obando-Rodriguez, age 33, of the 7400 block of Brenish Drive in Gaithersburg, with three counts of a 4th Degree Sexual Offense and one count of 2nd Degree Assault, related to an incident that occurred on July 3, 2018.

On Tuesday, July 3, Obando-Rodriguez allegedly committed these offenses in his capacity as a  Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Services (MCFRS) employee while providing treatment to an adult female within a MCFRS ambulance en route to a local hospital.

The investigation by detectives determined that Obando-Rodriguez was providing treatment to an adult female when he allegedly touched the victim inappropriately under the pretense of providing medical treatment.  Obando-Rodriguez then gave his phone number to the victim.

On November 30, Obando-Rodriguez was arrested on the strength of an arrest warrant charging him with one count of a 2nd Degree Assault and three counts of 4th Degree Sexual Offenses.  He was transported to the Central Processing Unit and was released on Friday, November 30, after posting a $5000 bond.

Obando-Rodriguez has been with the Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Services since 2013.  At the time of this offense, Obando-Rodriguez was stationed at Fire Station 8 located in Gaithersburg.

Detectives continue to investigate this incident.  Anyone who has information regarding Obando-Rodriguez or this incident is asked to call the 1st District Investigative Section at 240-773-6084.




Officers Conduct Focused Enforcement of Shoplifting in the Fifth District

On Thursday, November 15, officers from the 5th District, the 2nd District Community Action Team, and officers from the Maryland National Capital Park Police – Montgomery County Division, conducted focused shoplifting prevention enforcement in retail stores located in the 5th Police District.  Officers coordinated with the stores and their loss prevention personnel prior to this detail.  This enforcement occurred in stores located in the Germantown Commons shopping center, the Milestone Center shopping center located in Germantown, stores located in the Central Business District area of Germantown, and stores located in the Damascus area.

During this effort, officers charged fifteen people with theft-related offenses.

Two previous shoplifting prevention efforts were held in the 5th District earlier this year and resulted in a total of 36 people being charged with theft-related offenses.

MCP continues to work with our business community to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for shoppers in Montgomery County.