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Ripken's mother unharmed in carjacking attempt

Ripken's mother unharmed in carjacking attempt

Ripken's mother unharmed in carjacking attempt

Police have charged a Maryland man with trying to carjack Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr.'s mother in a bank parking lot about 25 miles north of Baltimore on Tuesday afternoon.

Jesse Bowen, 33, has been charged with attempted armed robbery, attempted armed carjacking, possessing a dangerous weapon, first degree assault and several controlled substance-related charges, according to the Associated Press. He is being held without bond.

Ripken spokeswoman Katy Ford said Wednesday morning that the family had no comment.

According to the report, police said Bowen approached 75-year-old Vi Ripken with a handgun on Tuesday afternoon near NBRS Bank in Aberdeen, Md. Ripken was able to activate a key alarm, and the man left without harming her.

Aberdeen police spokesman Lt. Frederick Budnick told AP that Ripken went into the bank to report the crime, and Bowen was arrested about two hours later after police were able to identify the suspect from an ATM photo.

It's the second time in 15 months that Ripken has been targeted. On July 24 last year, she was taken from her Aberdeen home at gunpoint, but returned unharmed 24 hours later. This August, Cal Ripken announced a $100,000 reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of the person responsible. No charges have been filed.

According to the AP report, police said the two incidents do not appear to be related.

Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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