Vi Ripken, mother of MLB Hall of Famer and former Baltimore Orioles infielder Cal Ripken Jr., was the victim of an attempted carjacking in Maryland on Tuesday afternoon.
According to Richard Lang of WBAL Radio in Baltimore, Aberdeen Police have arrested a suspect who is accused of pulling a gun on Mrs. Ripken in a bank parking lot. The suspect—whose name has not yet been released—apparently wanted to steal Mrs. Ripken's car but ran away when she activated the alarm.
Per the report, the suspect was located roughly two hours after the initial report was received by police. An ATM security camera in the area helped identify the perpetrator.
Christian Schaffer, a reporter for ABC 2 in Baltimore, had this tweet at the scene as police were sorting through evidence:
Aberdeen PD remains on the scene at NBRS Financial Bank; we're awaiting more details on incident involving Vi Ripken pic.twitter.com/IGJWCBIRvN— Christian Schaffer (@chrisfromabc2) October 15, 2013
Unfortunately, this isn't the first time that the 75-year-old woman has been involved in a disturbing incident.
In July of 2012, she was kidnapped in the garage of her Aberdeen home, tied up and driven around various Maryland counties before being returned to a spot near her house unharmed 24 hours later.
In August of this year, Cal Ripken offered a $100,000 reward for information in connection to that unsolved case.
Justin George of The Baltimore Sun actually spoke with Mrs. Ripken earlier this year as she reflected on the various changes connected to her mysterious one-day disappearance:
Mrs. Ripken did not sustain any injuries during Tuesday's attempted carjacking. Charges for the suspect apprehended are pending.
Ripken Jr. is currently in Los Angeles as a part of TBS' coverage of the National League Championship Series. There has been no word on his availability for the booth for Game 4.
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