Havre de Grace man charged with trying to attack Vi Ripken in Aberdeen

Violet Ripken, mother of Cal Ripken Jr., was able to fend off an attacker near an Aberdeen bank on Tuesday, and police arrested and charged a Havre de Grace man a short time later in connection with the incident.

Jesse Bowen, 33, of the 800 block of Lafayette Street, was charged with attempted armed robbery, attempted armed car jacking, possessing a dangerous weapon, first-degree assault and several drug-related counts, according to an Aberdeen police press release.

Bowen was apprehended at about 5:15 p.m. after police saw an ATM photograph, according to the release.

Police searched the area and found him in the 400 block of Post Road in Aberdeen. He was taken into custody without incident.

Though her assailant was armed with a handgun, Ripken was able to scare him off when she was confronted outside the National Bank of Rising Sun in the 200 block of West Bel Air Avenue on Tuesday.

The man told her he wanted to steal her car, according to police.

Ripken activated the panic alarm on her key fob, prompting the man to run away. She was uninjured, and Bowen left without taking anything, according to Lt. Fred Budnick, an Aberdeen police spokesman.

Budnick said there is no indication Bowen is the man responsible for Ripken's kidnapping earlier this year or that Ripken was targeted in this crime.

Bowen was being held without bail Wednesday at the Harford County Detention Center.

He has a number of theft, burglary and firearm-related charges, according to online court records. Most recently, he was charged with first-degree burglary and theft in an Aug. 20 incident and stealing or selling stolen firearms in a May 24 incident.

During a bail hearing on Wednesday afternoon Bowen's public defender, Laura Garcia, said Bowen is a life-long resident of Harford County and has a 6-year-old child.

Garcia said he received his GED in 1998 from Harford Community College and had been doing construction work with Bowmen Contractors, of Aberdeen, for the past five years.

During the hearing, Mary Buck, a prosecutor for the Harford County State's Attorney's Office, said Bowen has 12 prior arrests resulting in four convictions. She said he has violated his probation twice and is facing six other pending court cases.

District Court Judge Susan Hazlett ordered Bowen without bail pending a preliminary hearing.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Aberdeen Police Department, 410-272-2121.

Erika Butler and Krishana Davis contributed to this report.

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