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
Cal Ripken Jr.'s Mom Cannot Catch a Break
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)

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. (Read more Cal Ripken Jr. stories.)

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