Cal Ripken’s Mom Fends Off Man With GunBy: Erika Watts - October 16, 2013
Cal Ripken, Jr.’s 75-year-old mother was the victim of an attempted carjacking on Tuesday. Fortunately for Vi Ripken, she was able to think quickly under pressure and scared the would-be carjacker away.
Vi says that she was approached by a man with a handgun in the parking lot of a bank on Tuesday afternoon. The mom of baseball’s Iron Man said that the man showed her his gun and demanded she turn over her keys. Instead of complying with the man’s demands, however, Vi pressed the panic button on her car key fob, and the man left.
After notifying the bank of the attempted carjacking, Vi filed a police report and police had a suspect in custody less than three hours later, thanks to the man’s picture being captured by an ATM. Jesse Brown, 33, was charged with attempted armed robbery, attempted armed carjacking, possessing a dangerous weapon, first degree assault and several controlled substance related charges. He is being held without bond.
Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first time that Cal Ripken, Jr.’s mom has had a gun on her over the past 18 months. In July 2012, Vi Ripken was taken from her home at gunpoint. She was returned around 24 hour later unharmed.
After a year passed with no suspects, Cal offered up a $100,000 reward this past August for anyone who could offer up information leading to the arrest of his mom’s abductor, but police still never made any arrests in that case. Since the attempted armed carjacking came just several weeks after Cal offered a reward, some have wondered if the two crimes were connected, but police say that doesn’t appear to be the case.
Cal Ripken, Jr. was known for being a pretty tough baseball player in his day, and it’s easy to see that he gets it from his mama.
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