August 3rd, 2012
07:45 PM ET

Cal Ripken Jr. speaks out: Kidnapping was "premeditated"

Hall of fame infielder Cal Ripken Jr., speaking publicly for the first time about his 74-year-old mother's mysterious kidnapping last week. Maryland police are still looking for a man who they say showed up at Violet Ripken's home last tuesday, forced her into her own car and drove off.

She was found the next morning near her home, still in the back seat of the car with her hands bound.

Police released this surveillance tape of the suspect at a Walmart. They believe that he drove around all day with her. Police are still looking for a motive and haven't found evidence of ransom demands.

Cal Ripken: Mom's abduction may have been 'premeditated'

Former Baltimore Orioles "Iron man" Cal Ripken Jr. said Friday that his 74-year-old mother is doing well after being abducted by a gunman last week, but he thinks the kidnapping might have been premeditated.

"Premeditated is my word, not law enforcement," Ripken told reporters. "Certainly there was a plan."

But the ex-baseball star then hedged, saying that "quite possibly it could have been random."

"We really just don't know why."


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