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Cal Ripken Jr.'s mother chases off carjacker

Vi Ripken, Cal Ripken Jr.'s mother, was the victim of another crime when a man tried to steal her car in a bank parking lot Tuesday.

By Gabrielle Levy
Cal Ripken Jr.'s mother chases off carjacker
Cal Ripken Jr. UPI/Mark Goldman | License Photo

(UPI) -- Vi Ripken, the mother of former Orioles star Cal Ripken Jr., was assaulted in a bank parking lot in Aberdeen, Md., Tuesday by a man who said he wanted to steal her car.

Vi Ripken was able to chase off the would-be car jacker by activating the emergency button on her key fob. Police later apprehended Jesse A. Bowen, 33, and charged him with attempted armed robbery, attempted armed carjacking, possessing a dangerous weapon, first degree assault and controlled substance charges.

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Bowen is being held without bail at Harford County Detention Center.

Last July, Ripken was the victim of a kidnapping when she was bound and driven around in her car, then released unharmed 24 hours later. Cal Ripken Jr. offered a $100,000 reward for information related to the kidnapping.

"It's a little unusual," for her to be the victim of two crimes in a relatively short period, said Aberdeen Police spokesman Fred Budnick.

But police say they believe Tuesday's incident was unrelated to the kidnapping.

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

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