Cal Ripken’s mother unhurt in apparent robbery

October 16, 2013

Violet Ripken, the 75-year-old mother of baseball star Cal Ripken Jr., was confronted Tuesday in her home town of Aberdeen, Md., by someone with a gun who apparently tried to take her car, authorities said. The attempt failed, she was unhurt and Aberdeen police said they took a suspect into custody.

The incident came about 15 months after Mrs. Ripken was abducted from her home, tied up, and driven around central Maryland for hours by someone yet to be apprehended or identified.

Tuesday’s incident occurred about 3 p.m. in the parking lot of a downtown Aberdeen bank, police said. According to police, she told a bank employee that someone with a handgun had approached her and said he wanted her vehicle.

He fled after she used her key fob to activate a car alarm, police said.

Police said they studied an ATM photograph and took someone into custody about a mile away, two hours later. Police said charges were pending, and he was not named.

In July 2012, a gunman abducted Mrs. Ripken from her garage. He drove for hours in her car, before abandoning it near her home, with her still inside. At the time, authorities could give no explanation.

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