Mother of Cal Ripken Jr. scares off carjacker (video)


Vi Ripken attended the unveiling of a statue of her son Cal in September 2012. (Nick Wass / AP)

The mother of Cal Ripken Jr. scared off an attempted carjacker Tuesday by hitting the key fob to active her car alarm, the second scary incident involving the Hall of Famer’s mother in a little over a year.

Jesse A. Bowen, of Havre de Grace, Md., is in custody, charged with attempted armed robbery, attempted armed carjacking, possessing a dangerous weapon, first-degree assault and controlled substance related charges, police told the Baltimore Sun.

The incident occurred at about 3 p.m. in the parking lot of an Aberdeen, Md., bank, police said. Vi Ripken told a bank employee that someone with a handgun had approached her, saying he wanted her car. He fled after she activated the alarm, police said.

Police identified the suspect from an ATM image.

In July 2012, Ripken’s mother was abducted at gunpoint from the garage at her home and was driven around for hours before the kidnapper abandoned the car, with her in it, near her home. She was unharmed, but, despite the offer of a $100,000 reward for information, no one has been caught.

“There is no indication [the man arrested had any involvement in last year’s case and there’s no indication he knew who she was,” Lt. Fred Budnick told the Sun. “Right now, it appears to be a crime of opportunity rather than a targeted issue.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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