Vi Ripken Kidnapping Suspect Caught On Tape

Jul 31, 2012 8:43pm

Newly released surveillance video shows the man suspected of kidnapping Hall of Fame baseball player Cal Ripken Jr.’s mother last week.

Vi Ripken, 74, was abducted at gunpoint from her home northeast of Baltimore the morning of July 24, and was found unharmed, bound and gagged in her car early the next day.

A tip led police to surveillance video that shows the suspect at a nearby store during the time Ripken was missing.

The surveillance video, from a store in Anne Arundel, Md., shows a man wearing dark pants, a white shirt, and a red and black baseball cap. The man fits the police department’s description of the suspect being white, tall, thin and in her 30s or 40s. Investigators have released a composite sketch of the suspect.

 

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Aberdeen Police Dept.

Police have found no motive in the kidnapping, nor any connection between the suspect and the Ripken family. The investigation is ongoing, and police are offering a $2,000 reward for any tips that lead to a conviction.

“We have no reason to believe that he’s not still armed and dangerous,” Police Lt. Fred Budnik said.

The Aberdeen police would not comment to ABC News about whether demands were made for Ripken’s return.

Vi Ripken’s son, Cal Ripken Jr., is a former infielder for the Baltimore Orioles. He played shortstop and third base for the team for 21 years, and was inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in 2007. Police have not yet said whether they believe Vi Ripken’s kidnapping was at all connected to her famous son.

ABC News’ Candace Smith contributed to this report.

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