Northeast Times

Reward offered in Ripken abduction

  • Composite sketch of the suspect.

  • Surveillance image of the suspect.

Base­ball Hall of Famer Cal Rip­ken Jr. last Thursday offered a $100,000 re­ward for in­form­a­tion lead­ing to the ar­rest and con­vic­tion of the man who ab­duc­ted Rip­ken’s moth­er from her Mary­land res­id­ence more than a year ago.

Vi­ol­et Rip­ken has been safe at home since her overnight or­deal on Ju­ly 24 and 25, 2012, but the Bal­timore of­fice of the FBI con­tin­ues its hunt for the uniden­ti­fied kid­nap­per, while ex­pand­ing the search to neigh­bor­ing states. The man ab­duc­ted Vi­ol­et Rip­ken, who was 75 at the time, at gun­point from her gar­age in Ab­er­deen, Md., and trans­por­ted her in her own car, a 1998 Lin­coln, through Har­ford and Bal­timore counties be­fore re­turn­ing her to her home the fol­low­ing morn­ing.

Dur­ing the epis­ode, the ab­duct­or re­portedly gagged the vic­tim, used her cred­it card and vis­ited a Wal-Mart be­fore re­turn­ing to her street and leav­ing her in­side her parked car.

In­vest­ig­at­ors re­leased a com­pos­ite sketch of the thug and a video of him en­ter­ing and ex­it­ing a re­tail store. He is de­scribed as white, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and 180 pounds with short brown hair and glasses. Call the FBI in Bal­timore at 410-265-8080 to re­port in­form­a­tion. ••

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