Cal Ripken Jr.'s Mom Cannot Catch a Break

Vi Ripken fends off carjacker a year after being abducted

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 16, 2013 8:43 AM CDT

(Newser) – Cal Ripken Jr.'s mom is apparently a magnet for bizarre crimes. Last year she was abducted at gunpoint and later found safe, and yesterday, someone tried to steal her car. Vi Ripken was outside a bank when the gun-toting would-be carjacker approached her and stated his intentions, the Baltimore Sun reports. But Ripken set off the car's panic alarm using her key fob and the suspect ran off, taking nothing and leaving Ripken unharmed. Police, who later apprehended the man, acknowledge Ripken's track record is "a little unusual," but they don't think the two crimes are related. Her kidnapper was never found. She's "healing pretty well," son Cal tells TMZ.

This Oct. 6, 2001 file photo shows Cal Ripken escorting his mother, Vi, from the field, after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before Cal's final game, at Oriole Park in Baltimore.
This Oct. 6, 2001 file photo shows Cal Ripken escorting his mother, Vi, from the field, after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before Cal's final game, at Oriole Park in Baltimore.   (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
This June 18, 2002 photo shows Cal Ripken Jr., right, and his brother, Bill, walking off the field with their  mother, Vi, after she threw out the first pitch at the new Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Md.
This June 18, 2002 photo shows Cal Ripken Jr., right, and his brother, Bill, walking off the field with their mother, Vi, after she threw out the first pitch at the new Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Md.   (AP Photo/Roberto Borea, File)
Vi Ripken, left, mother of former Baltimore Orioles great Cal Ripken, Jr., talks with Orioles manager Buck Showalter, right, before a ceremony to unveil Cal's statue, Sept. 6, 2012, in Baltimore.
Vi Ripken, left, mother of former Baltimore Orioles great Cal Ripken, Jr., talks with Orioles manager Buck Showalter, right, before a ceremony to unveil Cal's statue, Sept. 6, 2012, in Baltimore.   (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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