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Tuesday
Jul312012

WATCH: Vi Ripken Kidnapping Suspect Caught on Tape

Aberdeen Police Dept.(ABERDEEN, Md.) -- Newly released surveillance video shows the man suspected of kidnapping Hall of Fame baseball player Cal Ripken Jr.’s mother last week.

Vi Ripken, 74, was abducted at gunpoint from her home northeast of Baltimore the morning of July 24, and was found unharmed, bound and gagged in her car early the next day.

A tip led police to surveillance video that shows the suspect at a nearby store during the time Ripken was missing.

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The surveillance video, from a store in Anne Arundel, Md., shows a man wearing dark pants, a white shirt, and a red and black baseball cap. The man fits the police department’s description of the suspect being white, tall, thin and in his 30s or 40s. Investigators have released a composite sketch of the suspect.

Police have found no motive in the kidnapping, nor any connection between the suspect and the Ripken family. The investigation is ongoing, and police are offering a $2,000 reward for any tips that lead to a conviction.

“We have no reason to believe that he’s not still armed and dangerous,” Police Lt. Fred Budnik said.

The Aberdeen police would not comment to ABC News about whether demands were made for Ripken’s return.

Vi Ripken’s son, Cal Ripken Jr., is a former infielder for the Baltimore Orioles. He played shortstop and third base for the team for 21 years, and was inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in 2007. Police have not yet said whether they believe Vi Ripken’s kidnapping was at all connected to her famous son.

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Friday
Oct222010

US Senator Calls for Investigation After College Football Star's Death

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The family of a New York college football player who was shot by police then left to die without medical attention has an attorney and a U.S. senator helping to find out what precipitated the young man's death.

"While we know there are lots of versions, lots of stories that have come out, we're just trying to get to the absolute truth here," Danroy Henry, Sr. told ABC News Friday.  "We owe it to our son," he said.  "We owe it to his legacy."

Danroy Henry, Jr., a 20-year-old student at Pace University, was killed last weekend as he sat in his car with his friends after a night out in suburban Mount Pleasant celebrating a homecoming game.  But there are differing accounts of what happened and a cell phone video showing the chaos failed to capture what triggered the shooting.

Police say they were responding to an unruly crowd outside a bar, and when officers approached Henry's car, parked in a fire lane, and knocked on the window, the college student tried to speed away and struck an officer.  Police say an officer was thrown onto the hood of Henry's car and then opened fire.

But Henry's teammates, who were in the car with him, said they thought police were simply asking them to move out of the fire lane when the officer tapped on the window, and then as soon as Henry began to move the car, police began shooting.

Henry was then taken out of the car and cuffed.  He was left on the ground while paramedics treated officers for minor, non-life threatening injuries, according to some accounts.

A lawyer for three of Henry's teammates said they were all handcuffed and arrested after begging for help and trying to give Henry CPR.  One was allegedly hit with a Taser as he tried to help his dying friend.

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, whose district includes the Henrys' hometown of North Easton, Massachusetts, has called for a thorough investigation.

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