In an almost unthinkable case of deja vu, Vi Ripken — 75-year-old mother of beloved former Oriole Cal Ripken Jr. — was again approached by an armed man who wanted to drive her car. Unlike last time, the plot was completely foiled and police have apprehended a suspect.
According to the Baltimore Sun, the man who confronted Ripken was a would-be carjacker, not a kidnapper. But he ran off after Ripken hit the panic button on her car keys. The incident took place outside NBRS bank in Aberdeen in the middle of the afternoon, and local police were able to identify a suspect from an ATM photo.
Police believe that this incident has nothing to do with her kidnapping last year, and that this man — like the still unidentified kidnapper — likely didn’t know who she was. “Right now it appears to be a crime of opportunity rather than a targeted issue,” said Aberdeen Police spokesperson Lt. Fred Budnick.