Surveillance Video Released in Violet Ripken Abduction

Hall of Famer’s mother kidnapped last week.

Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012  |  Updated 8:26 PM EDT
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Police hope newly released video will help catch the man they believe kidnapped Cal Ripken Jr.'s mother. The surveillance of the suspect is from a store in Anne Arundel County. News4's Darcy Spencer's has more.

Darcy Spencer

Police hope newly released video will help catch the man they believe kidnapped Cal Ripken Jr.'s mother. The surveillance of the suspect is from a store in Anne Arundel County. News4's Darcy Spencer's has more.

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Aberdeen police released surveillance video and a sketch of a man sought in the kidnapping of Cal Ripken Jr.'s mother.
 
The video from a retail outlet in Anne Arundel County shows a man in an orange cap and a light-colored coat entering and exiting, police said.
 
Vi Ripken, the 74-year-old mother of the Hall of Fame Baltimore Orioles shortstop, told police she was abducted at gunpoint from her house the morning of July 24, blindfolded and driven around Baltimore and Harford counties in her Lincoln Town Car. After a witness reported seeing a woman tied up in the backseat of a car that evening, police ran the license plate, learned it was Mrs. Ripken’s car and started a missing person search.

She was found bound but unharmed in her car Wednesday morning. Police said they don't have a motive -- no ransom was demanded -- and are exploring several theories for the abduction. They said they're still investigating it as a “forced abduction not related to any medical or health conditions.”

Police are looking for a white man in his mid-30s to early 40s, standing 5-feet-10-inches tall and weighing 180 pounds. He had short brown hair and was wearing glasses, a light-colored shirt and camouflage pants. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone who recognizes the man in the surveillance video or sketch or knows something about the case should call Aberdeen police at 410-835-5432. Anonymous tips can be made online or by texting a message beginning with “MCS” to 274637.

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