BALTIMORE, Md. (CBSDC) — Baltimore police say the 74-year-old mother of legendary Baltimore Orioles player Cal Ripken Jr. is safe with her family after being taken from her home at gunpoint Tuesday morning.

Police say Violet Ripken was taken by a man between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. after he pulled out a handgun and forced her into a vehicle.

Police in Aberdeen say they received a call from Baltimore County police around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, saying they had received a call about a suspicious vehicle in the Ebenezer Road area that may have something to do with the case.

WBAL in Baltimore is reporting that the man had tied Ripken up in the back seat of her car and drove to Baltimore County. After spotting Ripken, a citizen was told by the captor that his mom was ill and he was taking her to a hospital, WBAL reports. The citizen reportedly did not buy the story and called the police.

Ripken was found near her home in Harford County, sometime after 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, unharmed, police said.

WBAL reports when Ripken was found, she was tied up and blindfolded in the back seat of her car in an undisclosed location.

Ripken was evaluated by medical personnel and determined to be unharmed.

She is currently with her family.

Police are looking fora  white man in his late thirties to early forties, who was last seen wearing a light-colored shirt, camouflaged pants and eye glasses. Police say the man was armed with a handgun.

The Ripken family released a statement:

“As you now know, our mother was abducted at gunpoint from her home yesterday morning. This has been a very trying time for our family, but we are grateful and relieved that mom is back with us, safe and healthy. We want to thank everyone for their tremendous support, especially all of the law enforcement agencies that worked so hard and quickly. This is an ongoing investigation, so we hope everyone understands that we cannot comment further at this time. Thank you.”

The FBI is currently assisting local police with the investigation.


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