When you’re related to someone with the status that Cal Ripken has around the world, you obviously have to ensure that you’re safe as there are people that will try to take every step necessary to take advantage. For Vi Ripken, Cal’s mother, this scenario has surrounded her for the second time in a little more than a year.
On Tuesday, Ms. Ripken was leaving a bank in Aberdeen, Maryland when a carjacker approached her and apparently attempted to rob her according to CBS Baltimore. The news outlet reported that she hit the panic alarm button on her car device and was able to scare the man off, but not before the police would find him and take him into custody.
Vi Ripken is 75 and unfortunately has had her fair share of run-in’s with people trying to take advantage. Last summer, she was kidnapped and was unable to be located for 24 hours before being released, according to the Baltimore Sun. Here’s an excerpt from the Sun detailing what happened in July:
According to Gus Kowalewski, 72, a longtime neighbor who spoke to Vi Ripken about the ordeal, the man confronted her in her garage between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. Tuesday, blindfolded her and forced her into her 1998 Lincoln Town Car at gunpoint. But he also lit cigarettes for her and gave her food. He told her that he wasn’t going to hurt her, and he didn’t.
The Ripken family has been in the news a lot lately, specifically for Cal’s statement on a possible managerial job. It’s unclear whether he’ll take any job right now, but it sure appears that the door is somewhat open.
Although Ms. Ripken’s case in July still hasn’t been solved, let’s hope the next time we are hearing about the Ripken family–it’s in a positive matter. With the class that the entire family has, positivity is all that deserves to surround them.