PHOTOS: Suspect In Vi Ripken Abduction

Police have released images of Vi Ripken's suspected kidnapper.

UPDATED (6:44 p.m.)—Aberdeen police continue to investigate the circumstances that led to  and said no motive has been determined.

Ripken, 74, was found safely with her hands bound in the back of her car Wednesday after being driven around the Baltimore metro region, police said during a .

police spokesman Lt. Fred Budnick said Thursday afternoon that a motive remains under investigation and that police are still searching for the suspect.

See the images in this slideshow provided by the police department via the .

In a statement released earlier Wednesday, Aberdeen police said a man armed with a handgun—described as in his late 30s or early 40s wearing a light colored shirt, camouflage pants and glasses—forced Ripken into her vehicle between 7 and 8 a.m. Tuesday. The vehicle fled the area, police said. 

Budnick would not identify the source of the images of the suspect, and said that information was pertinent to the ongoing investigation.

Police also released an image of Ripken's car (see photos included with this post) in hopes of finding a resident who happened to see the vehicle during the time in which Ripken was abducted.

A reward is being offered to anyone who submits a tip that leads to an arrest. (See the included PDF file for more details.)

Anyone with information may call Aberdeen police at 410-272-2121.


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Laura Jackson August 02, 2012 at 04:16 PM
On a more serious note, has anyone else noticed the "conflicting" comments in these police reports??? One said the man was described by Mrs. Ripken herself (while another indicated that another DRIVER noticed this suspicious vehicle with a woman in the back seat with her MOUTH TAPED SHUT. None of the other reports indicated her mouth had been taped. And, if that were true (someone ALERTED THE BCPD THEY SAW A WOMAN IN THE BACK SEAT WITH HER MOUTH TAPED), then someone please tell me how, "this man even lit her cigarettes for her and they stopped for food." How would she have been able to smoke and eat if her mouth had been taped? Mrs. Ripken does not tell the police they stopped to EAT? And, if so, WHERE did they stop to eat? I'm certain that most, if not all, places have video surveillance. And, please do not say the pics (above) are from that surveillance. I highly doubt someone would leave a woman bound up, blindfolded, and mouth taped inside of a car (while he went into a grocery store to get food). I don't know about this whole story (which has now become WORLD-WIDE NEWS). I truly believe the police need to question Mrs. Ripken AGAIN. Was she just blindfolded and hands bound? If that were the case, she could have SCREAMED for help when this guy got out of the car. If her mouth was taped, how did she smoke and eat? And, Mrs. Ripken cannot say if this man took anything (as in MONEY MISSING)??? Yeah--something is fishy here. hmmm.
BlueStarMom August 05, 2012 at 12:40 AM
People doing these types of things are usually NOT the sharpest tools in the shed. I don't think he knew who she was. If you have EVER had a traumatic experience like this you would know that your story can change. I know that I have memory problems when I am not in a traumatic situation. The guy look really familiar but the picture is horrible and who wants to accuse someone based on that terrible picture epecially after they said he had glasses. REALLY??? I didn't even see the glasses until someone said something.
Laura Jackson August 07, 2012 at 06:53 PM
I will ask this question again: How come NOBODY in a crowded store (with a crowded parking lot) NOTICED a woman BLINDFOLDED, MOUTH DUCT-TAPED AND TIED UP IN THE BACK SEAT OF THIS CAR? If so, why wouldn't ANYONE have called 911, blocked this vehicle from moving, or follow the perp at the TIME this vehicle was spotted? Same goes for the person who supposedly called the police about this "suspicious" guy driving around with a woman blindfolded and gagged in the back seat of the car. Are you trying to tell me if YOU saw something like THAT, you would only call 911 and tell them the make/model of the vehicle and the tag number?? You wouldn't FOLLOW this individual WHILE on the phone with 911??? If you would answer NO, then please do not comment that you are "concerned" citizens. NORMAL people WOULD follow this vehicle. That's why this story sounds too "fishy" to be true. And, the guy is NOT wearing "camoflauge" pants. He's wearing basic blue/grey pants. As for telling people who have had "traumatic" experiences, their stories can change--well, that's NOT true. In fact, if you ever have a really "traumatic" experience, you tend to KNOW and REMEMBER EVERY DETAIL OF THE EVENT. Those who are NOT traumatized or who "create" stories are more likely to have their stories change. Case example? How about that of Casey Anthony? She was NOT telling the truth EVER (which is WHY her story changed all the time). It's hard to keep your facts straight if you're not truthful.
BlueStarMom August 12, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Laura you would be surprised at how many people are oblivious to things going on around them. How many people actually bother looking at a car alarm going off anymore? I can't get the imagine of the young girl who was stabbed repeatedly and raped in her apartment building and after the man left her for dead, she crawled all three levels banging on every door trying to get help and NOT ONE SINGLE NEIGHBOR....People that knew her and lived near her...called the police....she didn't survive. So thinking that NO one noticed, no one took the time to give a crap does not surprise me...It just makes me sick. I would have done something, but welcome to America....everyone here has a right to DO NOTHING...
Laura Jackson August 13, 2012 at 06:00 PM
You're absolutely right, BlueStarMom. It's SO sad that people ignore pleas for help anymore. How people ignore car alarms; how people don't take "notice" of anything anymore. I, however, seem to notice EVERYTHING around me. Sometimes, I notice too much. One night, I heard a woman screaming to the top of her lungs next door to me. I heard loud banging on the walls, too. Thinking my neighbor could be in terrible danger, I DID call 911 to report this. The kicking and screaming went on for over a half an hour. The police DID come out. And, then the police stopped at MY house afterwards (only to inform me that my next door neighbors were having a very LOUD night of WILD sex). Boy, was I ever humiliated? But, then again--I look at it this way. It's better to be safe than sorry. LOL. And, yes--if I see a mother smacking her kid in the head (just because the little boy was asking his mother for a candy bar at the grocery store), I will speak up then, too. This also happened to me. I told the mother to STOP! She just gave me a really dirty look and told me to mind my own business. Really? Mind my own business when I think a kid is being "abused" just because he "asked" if he could get a candy bar? No way. Looks like I will always be looking out for the bad guys--no matter what the cost (even in a humiliating situation). I still think if more people would learn to "pay attention" to their surroundings, this would be a much safer place to live.


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