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Police: Cal Ripkenā€™s mom safe after kidnapping

- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The mother of retired Baltimore Orioles baseball player Cal Ripken Jr. was abducted from her Aberdeen, Md., home at gunpoint but located unharmed Wednesday morning in her neighborhood, according to police.

Investigators are looking for the man who approached Violet "Vi" Ripken outside of her home Tuesday morning and forced her at gunpoint into her car. They still have no idea what motivated the man's actions, said Lt. Fred Budnick, an Aberdeen Police Department spokesman. Mrs. Ripken, 74, was not injured and the man didn't steal anything from her during the ordeal.

"Basically he just drove her around," Lt. Budnick said. "There's no indication that she knew this individual or whether he knew her."

Mrs. Ripken was kidnapped between 7 and 8 a.m. Tuesday, but authorities were unaware she was missing until 8:30 p.m. when someone called Baltimore County police about suspicious activity involving a vehicle and provided the license plate number of her car. When Baltimore County police responded to the call, the vehicle was gone.

Authorities alerted Aberdeen police, who then contacted Mrs. Ripken's family to check on her well being, Lt. Budnick said.

Mrs. Ripken was found just after 6 a.m. Wednesday back in her Aberdeen neighborhood inside her vehicle. She declined any medical treatment and was resting with her family Wednesday afternoon, police said.

"This has been a very trying time for our family, but we are grateful and relieved that mom is back with us, safe and healthy," the Ripken family said in a statement. "We want to thank everyone for their tremendous support, especially all of the law enforcement agencies that worked so hard and quickly."

The suspect in the abduction was described as a white man in his late 30s to early 40s, who was last seen wearing a light colored shirt, camouflage pants, and glasses.

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