Vi Ripken held up at gunpoint in Aberdeen parking lot

Officers arrest suspected robber

ABERDEEN, Md. - The mother of Cal and Billy Ripken had another brush with danger this week.

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On Tuesday, Vi Ripken was the target of a robbery attempt outside an Aberdeen bank.

Ripken, who is 75, was not hurt.

Shortly after 3 p.m., Aberdeen police got a call from the NBRS bank branch on West Bel Air Avenue.

Ripken had just left the bank and was in the parking lot when a man approached her, showed a gun and demanded her car.

"She was able to on her key fob hit the panic button," said Lt. Fred Budnick of the Aberdeen Police Department.

The man walked away.

The incident was caught on camera by the bank's ATM.  Ripken had given police a description of the suspect, but one of the officers noticed something in the photos taken by the ATM during the incident.

"The officer had had contact with this individual a week or so prior, and when they saw the photo it spurred their memory and they said 'yeah I think that's who this is,'" Budnick said.

Police took the suspect into custody a short time later.

Investigators say the man taken into custody does not resemble the man suspected of kidnapping Ripken from her home in Aberdeen last July.

In that instance, she was returned home a day later. Police have not found the suspect in that case.

"We'll certainly look at it, but the physical descriptions are not really consistent with what we were looking at last year," Lt. Budnick said.

The name of the suspect in the robbery attempt hasn't been released because at this hour he hasn't been charged.

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