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Vi Ripken, Cal's Mom, Thwarts Carjacking Suspect With Panic Alarm

By Ken Mandel   |  

The mother of Hall-of-Famer Cal Ripken Jr. thwarted a carjacking attempt this week by activating the panic alarm on her key fob, scaring off the thief who was armed with a handgun.

Vi Ripken, who survived a 24-hour kidnapping ordeal last summer, was confronted outside a bank in Aberdeen, Md., Tuesday afternoon and told to relinquish her car, Aberdeen spokesman Lt. Fred Budnick told The Baltimore Sun.

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The suspect, Jesse A. Bowen, was frightened by the alarm and ran off, but was later apprehended by police.

Ripken was unharmed.

"Detectives are looking at what exactly transpired," Budnick told the paper.

Bowen, 33, was charged with multiple offenses, including attempted armed robbery, attempted carjacking, and first-degree assault, police said Wednesday morning. He is being held without bail.

In July 2012, Ripken was forced from her longtime home at gunpoint, tied up, and driven around in her car, then let go the next day uninjured. No suspect has ever been identified in that case.

Cal Ripken has offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the kidnapper.

Budnick told the paper that he didn't believe the two crimes are related.

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"There is no indication he had any involvement in last year's case," he told the Sun. "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."

Cal Ripken amassed 3,184 hits during a 21-year big-league, all with the Orioles. He has the record for playing in 2,632 straight games from 1981-98.


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