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.

Detectives Investigate Undetermined Death in Rockville; Ask for Public’s Help to Identify Decedent

Update: December 11, 2018:

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) has determined that the decedent is a Caucasian male, at least 60 years old, with an estimated height of approximately 5’07” to 5’08” tall.  The OCME has estimated that the individual has been deceased for at least one year.  The manner and cause of death is still under investigation. ——————————————————————————————————————–

Detectives with the Montgomery County Police – Major Crimes Division are investigating the discovery of skeletal remains which were found in a wooded area in Rockville.

On Tuesday, December 4, at approximately 5:15 p.m., 1st District officers responded to a wooded area near Shady Grove Road and Procera Drive for the report of discovered skeletal remains.  A person found the remains while walking his dog.  Upon the arrival of investigators, the skeletal remains were confirmed to be human.

The remains were transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner Office (OCME) in Baltimore where an autopsy will be conducted in an attempt to determine the sex of the person and other identifiers and the manner and cause of death for the decedent.

Investigators are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the decedent.

The following personal effects were located with the person:

  • A blue sweatshirt with the words QUEBECOR PRINTING (USA) CORP. written on the front (see photograph)
  • A black or green colored San Antonio Spurs ball cap (see example photograph)
  • Blue and white size 11 Asics GEL-Kayano sneakers (see example photograph)

A photograph of the sweatshirt and an example of the hat and an example of the tennis shoes found with the decedent are being released to public.

This investigation is ongoing.  Detectives are urging anyone who has information about the identity of this person and/or this undetermined death to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070. Tipsters will remain anonymous.

Blue sweatshirt with the words QUEBECOR PRINTING (USA) CORP. written on the front

Example of the San Antonio Spurs ball cap. Please note that the actual hat is believed to be of a black or green color.

Blue and white size 11 Asics GEL-Kayano sneakers

Suspect Armed with Knife Arrested at Gaithersburg Restaurant; Investigators Seek Additional Witnesses

Adonias Gomez

Officers from the Montgomery County Police Department’s 6th District have arrested and charged Adonias Gomez, age 61, of the 100 block of Girard Street in Gaithersburg, with first-degree assault and disorderly conduct after he was observed brandishing a knife at customers inside of a Wendy’s restaurant in Gaithersburg.

On Monday, December 3 at approximately 4:52 p.m., 6th District officers responded to the Wendy’s restaurant located at 18350 Contour Road for the report of a subject who was armed with a knife and threatening customers.

Responding officers observed Gomez outside of the Wendy’s drive-thru area holding a large knife with blood on it in his hand.  Gomez refused to comply with all the orders given by the officers.  Officers deployed a Taser and Gomez was taken into custody.

Gomez was transported to the Central Processing Unit where he was charged with two counts of first-degree assault, disorderly conduct, and endangering the public safety while being intoxicated. Gomez is being held on a $10,000 bond.

Officers interviewed employees and patrons who were inside the Wendy’s when Gomez entered the restaurant armed with a knife.  Gomez was observed by restaurant employees chasing and threatening a patron, who is described as a high-school aged African American male.  Officers have been unable to identify this witness.  Officers are asking for that witness and anyone else who may have been threatened by Gomez or who may have witnessed this event to contact 6th District officers at 240-773-5770.


photograph of knife that Gomez was holding

Springbrook High School Student Arrested and Charged with Possession of Unloaded Handgun on School Property

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department’s Firearms Investigations Unit have charged 17-year-old Solomon Henderson of Silver Spring as an adult with offenses related to the possession of an unloaded handgun on school property.

Today shortly after 10:30 a.m., administrative staff and security personnel for Springbrook High School, located at 201 Valley Brook Drive in Silver Spring, received information that Henderson was in possession of a handgun.  The School Resource Officer (SRO) was notified.  An unloaded .40 caliber handgun and an empty magazine were located in Henderson’s gym bag.

Henderson was transported to the Central Processing Unit and charged with possession of a handgun, possession of a firearm by a person under 21 years old, and possession of a firearm on school property.  Bond information is not available.

At this time, detectives have not identified any type of threat or intention by Henderson to harm other students or staff.

Investigation has determined that the handgun was legally purchased and is registered to Henderson’s father.

Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to call the Firearms Investigations Unit at 240-773-6400.


Note: The Department does not release photographs of juveniles.

Detectives Investigate Theft and First-Degree Assault; Ask for Public’s Help to Identify Suspect

Detectives from the 1st District Investigative Section continue to investigate a theft and first-degree assault of an employee that occurred at a grocery store in Rockville.  Today, investigators are releasing photographs of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help to identify him.

On October 17 at approximately 1:00 p.m., a loss prevention employee at the Safeway store located at 1800 Rockville Pike observed a suspect take items from a store shelf and place the items in his book bag.  As the suspect left the store without paying for the items, the employee confronted the suspect.  During the exchange, the suspect produced a knife from a rear pant pocket and pointed it at the employee’s chest.  The suspect fled from the store and boarded a Metro train at the Twinbrook Metro Station.

Anyone with information about this theft and first-degree assault and/or the suspect involved is asked to call the 1st District Investigative Section at 240-773-6084.  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 case.


Suspect at metro station



Suspect at store

Suspect at store

Suspect at store