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Cal Ripken Jr.'s Mother, Violet Ripken, abducted at Gunpoint police said; Suspect on the loose

10:26 PM, Jul 25, 2012   |    comments
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BALTIMORE (WUSA) - The 74-year-old mother of former Baltimore Orioles player Cal Ripken Jr. was kidnapped, say police. Violet Roberta Ripken was taken on Tuesday morning and found Wednesday morning in Harford County, police said.

Violet Ripken was approached by a man at her home, who displayed a gun and forced her into her vehicle. He then fled the area, police said.

There was no demand for ransom and no information that the person who committed this crime even knew Violet Ripken's identity, police said in a news conference. 

Aberdeen police say they got a call from the Baltimore County Police Tuesday night, concerning a suspicious vehicle in the Ebenezer Road area of the county. Violet Ripken was found unharmed in her vehicle at 6:15 a.m. Wednesday. She was not injured.

The Ripken family released the following statement on Wednesday afternoon:

"As you now know, our mother was abducted at gunpoint from her home yesterday morning. 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. We want to thank everyone for their tremendous support, especially all of the law enforcement agencies that worked so hard and quickly. This is an on ongoing investigation, so we hope everyone understands that we cannot comment further at this time. Thank you."

- Cal, Bill, Elly and Fred Ripken


Police are looking for a white male in his late 30's to early 40's. He was last seen wearing a light colored shirt, camo pants and glasses.

Anyone with information is asked to call 410-272-2121.

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