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Ripken’s mother target of carjacker

Thu., Oct. 17, 2013

ABERDEEN, Md. – Police charged a man Wednesday with trying to carjack baseball great Cal Ripken’s mother in a bank parking lot in Maryland.

Aberdeen police charged Jesse Bowen, 33, of Havre de Grace with attempted armed robbery, attempted armed carjacking, possessing a dangerous weapon, first degree assault and several controlled-substance-related charges. He was being held without bond.

A man with a handgun approached 75-year-old Vi Ripken on Tuesday afternoon near NBRS Bank in Aberdeen, a town about 25 miles north of Baltimore, police said. Ripken activated a key alarm and the man left.

Ripken wasn’t hurt and went into the bank to report the crime. After police identified a suspect from an ATM photo, officers arrested Bowen about two hours later.

A Ripken spokeswoman said the family has no comment.

On July 24, 2012, Ripken was taken from her Aberdeen home at gunpoint and returned unharmed 24 hours later. No one has been charged in that case.

Police said there does not appear to be any connection between the two crimes.

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