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Cal Ripken Jr.'s mom scares off carjacker

October 16, 2013|By Houston Mitchell
  • Vi Ripken with her sons, Bill, left, and Cal Jr. in 2012.
Vi Ripken with her sons, Bill, left, and Cal Jr. in 2012. (Roberto Borea / Associated…)

Vi Ripken, the 75-year-old mother of Cal Ripken Jr., seems to draw a lot of unwanted attention.

On Tuesday, a man with a gun went up to her in a bank parking lot in Aberdeen, Md., and demanded her car. Instead of doing that, she used her key to activate the car's alarm and the would-be thief ran off.

Ripken went into the bank to report what happened and police were called. They identified a suspect after viewing an ATM photo and searched the area. A suspect was taken into custody and a police spokesman said charges are pending against the unidentified man.

This isn't the only brush with crime Ripken has had. On July 24, 2012, she was taken from her Aberdeen home at gunpoint and returned unharmed 24 hours later.

At that time, police released a sketch, photographs and a surveillance video that were believed to show a potential suspect. Cal Ripken Jr. announced a $100,000 reward for information that would help lead to the capture and conviction of the person responsible for the abduction, but no one has been charged in that case.

Police say that the two crimes do not appear to be related.


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