MCP Santa Ready to Ride into Town on Harley to Benefit The Children’s Inn at NIH

On Wednesday, December 13, 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.

“The Children’s Inn at NIH is a residential “Place Like Home’’ for families with children participating in leading-edge research studies at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. The NIH Clinical Center is the nation’s premier biomedical research hospital, providing an opportunity for our residents to be partners in advancing medical discoveries and improving the health of people all over the world. While the NIH takes care of the child’s medical needs, The Inn tends to the child’s heart, soul and spirit.” – The Children’s Inn at NIH


WHEN: Wednesday, December 13, 2017



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








 Arrival Time

Upcounty Regional Services Center 12900 Middlebrook Road, Germantown 10:05 a.m.
Kentlands Market Square By Starbucks,121 Market Street, Kentlands 10:45 a.m.
Public Safety Headquarters 100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg 11:15 a.m.
Fair Hill Plaza – Olney Town Center 18169 Town Center Drive, Olney 2:30 p.m.
Ellsworth Drive near Starbucks 915 Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring 3:10 p.m.
Veteran’s Park Intersection of Woodmont and Norfolk Avenues 3:50 p.m.
The Children’s Inn at NIH Private event – Patients only 4:30 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 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.  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 2017, 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 Volunteers and Community Outreach





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.

Santa arrives at The Children’s Inn (2016)


Officer-Involved Shooting Investigation Update

Detectives with the Major Crimes Division have completed their investigation of an officer-involved shooting that occurred on Sunday, November 5 at the Stoneymill Square shopping center located in the 12200 block of Veirs Mill Road (at the corner of Veirs Mill Road and Randolph Road).

Information gathered by Major Crimes detectives during this investigation, to include the recent interview of the adult male who was shot by Officer Archer, has been provided to the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office for review.  (An established agreement between the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office stipulates that when an officer-involved shooting involving injury or death occurs in one county, the other county’s State’s Attorney’s Office will review the event).  The Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office will determine if the Montgomery County police officer acted within the confines of the law or if this investigation will be brought before a Montgomery County grand jury.

Officer Todd Archer, per department protocol, remains on paid administrative leave during this investigation.

As stated above, the adult male has been interviewed by detectives as part of this investigation.  Major Crimes detectives have also completed the following (previously released):

  • Collected Officer Archer’s Department issued body-worn camera and reviewed that video.
  • Collected Officer Archer’s service weapon and duty belt for preservation and analysis.
  • Interviewed the person who called 911 (who stated that he was in his vehicle and an unknown SUV was ramming his vehicle).
  • Obtained statements and body-worn camera video from officers who arrived at the scene following the shooting.
  • Canvassed the area for additional witnesses and surveillance video.  Investigators obtained long-range video of the event that was captured on a business’ surveillance system.
  • Photographed the scene.
  • Towed the Cadillac Escalade, processed it for evidence, and returned it to the family.
  • Interviewed the family of the male who was shot.

Investigation by Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes detectives has determined that on Sunday, November 5 at approximately 8:20 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center (911) received a call for an assault in progress at the shopping center. The caller stated that he was in his vehicle and an unknown SUV was ramming his vehicle.

Officer Todd Archer was the first officer to arrive at the call for service.  He approached the SUV and discharged his firearm one time.  The 52-year-old male driver of a 2003 Cadillac Escalade (SUV) was shot.  Additional officers arrived at the scene after the officer discharged his weapon.  Officers began life-saving measures and Fire & Rescue services were called.  The driver of the Escalade was transported to a local hospital with serious, non-life-threatening injuries; he has since been released.


Previous Releases:

MCP Investigates Officer-Involved Shooting

Update: Detectives Continue to Investigate Officer-Involved Shooting; Identity of Officer Released

Update to Officer-Involved Shooting Investigation


Concern for Missing Silver Spring Juvenile

Update: 11/29/2017 – Alexa Caraballo has been located safe and unharmed.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Special Victims Investigations Division are asking the public for help in locating a missing Silver Spring juvenile.

Alexa Caraballo, age 15, of the 400 block of Torrington Place, was seen leaving her residence at 3:00 p.m. on November 21.   Alexa Caraballo is described as a Hispanic female, approximately 5’ 02” tall and weighs approximately 89 pounds.  She has long black hair and brown eyes.  She was last seen wearing a white jacket, black leggings, and carrying a red backpack.  Alexa Caraballo stated to family members earlier that day that she wanted to visit friends. Family members believe Alexa Caraballo may be in the Silver Spring or D.C. area.

Police and family are concerned for Alexa Caraballo’s welfare.

Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Alexa Caraballo is asked to call the Montgomery County Police Special Victims Investigation Division at 240-773-5400 or the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24 hours).


Alexa Caraballo


Holiday Alcohol Task Force Has Begun; Always Choose A Sober Ride

With the holidays approaching, there will be an increase in social events and parties that involve the consumption of alcohol.  The Montgomery County Police Alcohol Holiday Task Force, comprised of officers from the Alcohol Initiatives Section and patrol officers from the six police districts, as well as officers from the Gaithersburg Police Department, the Maryland National Capital Park Police Department (Montgomery County Division), the Takoma Park Police Department, troopers from Maryland State Police, and sheriff deputies from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office will be devoting their full time and attention to detecting alcohol-related offenses this holiday season.

This task force began on November 15 and will continue through January 6, 2018.  During the first nights of this year’s enforcement (November 16, 17, and 18), task force officers arrested 19 people for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

The task force will focus on enforcement of offenses to include:

  • Enforcement of traffic laws in areas known for a high number of alcohol-related collisions with the goal of getting drunk or drug-impaired drivers off the road.
  • Compliance checks of businesses who hold alcohol licenses by using underage volunteers to attempt to purchase alcohol at establishments (ensuring that shopkeepers are careful not to sell alcohol to minors).
  • Responding to calls for underage drinking parties.  All attendees are screened for alcohol usage, and those who are under age 21 are issued citations. Every person is then ensured a safe ride home.  Parents of juveniles are notified to come and get them. Any parent or other adult who hosts can be held liable and can be issued a citation.  An adult can be held criminally liable if he/she provides alcohol to an individual under 21 years and he/she knew or reasonably should have known the individual would operate a motor vehicle and did operate the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and caused serious injury or death (Alex and Calvin’s Law).
  • Sobriety checkpoints: The location of the checkpoints is based on collision and traffic data focusing on areas that drivers are most at risk for encountering impaired drivers. NOTE:   The Holiday Alcohol Task Force will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint tonight, November 22, 2017.
  • Responding to calls for service regarding intoxicated persons.

The Montgomery County Police Department wants to remind residents that they can assist in combating alcohol-related crime and collisions this holiday season:

If you plan on drinking alcohol this holiday season, include a sober driver in your plans:

  • If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Plan ahead; designate a sober driver before the party begins.
  • When you know you’ll be drinking, leave your keys at home or give them to someone else.
  • If you have been drinking, do not drive—even a short distance. Call a taxi, Uber, phone a sober friend or family member, use public transportation or call Washington Regional Alcohol Program’s SoberRide at 1-800-200-TAXI ( information regarding specific dates of this year’s program is forthcoming).

If you believe you are observing a driver impaired by alcohol or drugs:

  • Call 911.  If possible, and without putting yourself in danger, safely obtain the license plate of the vehicle, the direction of travel of the vehicle, and a description of the vehicle (make, model, color).

If you have information on establishments that are selling alcohol to youth under 21 or over serving patrons:

  • If it is occurring at the present time, you can call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.
  • If you believe it is an ongoing issue, you can call Crime Solvers toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or leave a Crime Solvers tip here. You can remain anonymous. Please provide as much information as possible.  Tips will be forwarded to the Alcohol Initiatives Section.

If you have information on an underage drinking party:

  • If it is occurring at the present time, you can call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.

Efforts made by the police and the public will help make this holiday season safer.


Please see advisory regarding an opportunity to learn more about the task force efforts tonight, Wednesday, November 22.  Please call the Public Information Office at 240-773-5030, option 4, to RSVP to tonight’s opportunity.



Detectives Investigate Firearm Discharge Outside Redland Area Church

Detectives from the 6th District Investigative Section are investigating two incidents of a firearm being discharged outside a church at 7401 Muncaster Mill Road.  No one was injured in these events.

On the evening of Wednesday, November 15, a parishioner of the New Life Seventh Day Adventist Church called police after he was attending a service at the church and noticed a bullet hole in a window frame near the front entrance.  Police responded and a bullet fragment was recovered from the frame.  Church representatives are unsure of when this firearm discharge may have occurred.

On Thursday, November 16 at approximately 11:13 p.m., 6th District officers responded to the area of the church for the report of sounds of multiple gunshots.  The church had sustained damage from apparent gunfire and officers recovered bullet fragments at the scene.  Officers also located and recovered multiple shell casings on Muncaster Mill Road near the church.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call the 6th District Investigative Section at 240-773-5770.  Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).  Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest in this crime.  Tipsters may remain anonymous.