MLB: Cal Ripken, Jr.'s Mother Unhurt In Carjacking Incident

Vi Ripken, the mother of Baltimore Orioles legendary shortstop Cal Ripken, Jr., was unhurt in a carjacking incident on Tuesday.

Oct 16 2013, 7:32pm CDT | by

MLB: Cal Ripken, Jr.'s Mother Unhurt In Carjacking Incident
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The mother of Baltimore Orioles legendary shortstop Cal Ripken, Jr. was involved in a carjacking incident on Tuesday, but was unhurt.

Erika Butler and Carrie Wells of the Baltimore Sun reported on Oct. 16 that 33-year-old Jesse A. Bowen was armed with a handgun when he confronted Vi Ripken, 75, outside a bank in Aberdeen

Brown told Ripken "he wanted to steal her car," per the report.  

The Associated Press confirms the attempted carjacking occurred outside NBRS Bank at around 3 pm. 

Ripken turned on her car alarm scared off the perpetrator, who was later arrested by local authorities. Ripken came away unscathed from the incident, with all of her valuables intact, per Aberdeen spokesman Lt. Fred Budnick. 

Ripken went inside the bank to report the crime. Police were able to identify Bowen from an ATM photo, resulting in the suspect getting apprehended two hours later. 

Bowen, who is currently being held without bail, "was charged with attempted armed robbery, attempted armed car jacking, possessing a dangerous weapon, first-degree assault and controlled substance related charges in connection with the incident," according to Butler and Wells. 

This is the second time in 15 months Cal Ripken, Jr.'s mother has been the target of a crime. She was abducted at gunpoint at her Aberdeen residence on July 24, 2012 but was released by the suspect unharmed 24 hours afterward.

The Hall-of-Fame Orioles shortstop offered a $100,000 reward several months ago for any information leading to the arrest of the perpatrator, but without any success. 

Lt. Budnick says the two incidents appear to be unrelated.

"There is no indication he (Bowen) had any involvement in last year's case. And there's no indication he knew who she was. Right now, it appears to be a crime of opportunity rather than a targeted issue." 

Vi Ripken's son, now 53, played in the majors from 1981-2001 -- all with the Baltimore Orioles -- on his way to two American League MVP awards, two Gold Glove awards and eight Silver Slugger awards. 

Family spokeswoman Katy Ford said the Ripkens had on comment on the latest incident, per the Orioles' official website. 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.


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