The news broke yesterday that Vi Ripken, mother of Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles, is safe after an attempted carjacking yesterday afternoon in Aberdeen Maryland outside of her bank.
Originally reported by local news, including CBS which there report can be found here.
Police now have the suspect in custody, and the situation could have been much worse than it ended up being thanks to some quick hands on account of Vi. The gunman reportedly approached Mrs. Ripken telling her that he wanted her car.
“She was able to hit the, for lack of a better term, the panic button on her key fob, which I guess sounded the horn or something on the vehicle and the gentleman walked off,” Lt. Fred Budnick of Aberdeen police said.
Police were able to pick up the suspect less than three hours later as the carjacker reportedly tried to use the ATM at the bank, thus was caught on camera, which gave police his identity.
Of course, this is not the first time Vi has had to deal with a criminal. We all remember last year's horrible story of her getting taken from her home at gunpoint and abducted for a day. The suspect in that case is still at large and never made any demands during the kidnapping as the suspect returned Mrs. Ripken unharmed.
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