Victim shows up at Ripken's home

11/28/2003 - Baltimore Orioles

REISTERSTOWN, Md. -- A naked man who was shot in the back
showed up at Cal Ripken's home Thanksgiving night and pleaded for
help, police said.

A man from the household of the Baltimore Orioles great called
911, according to a police report that did not identify Ripken by

"The homeowner called and said there was a man banging on his
door and he didn't know what was going on," Baltimore County
police spokesman Shawn Vinson said. "He called back a short time
later and said the victim appeared to have been shot."

Police are investigating and have not made any arrests.

Ripken, who retired after the 2001 season, could not be reached
for comment Friday.

Brian Robins, 20, of Baltimore, was found on Ripken's porch
Thursday night. He was taken by helicopter to a hospital and was
released early Friday, officials said.

Robins told police he was kidnapped Thursday by three men who
held him captive for nine hours, forced him into the trunk of their
car, then ordered him to strip and run, Vincent said. Robins said
he was shot as he ran away, according to police.

"This was obviously an unusual and upsetting situation for me
and my family, but I did what any other person would do given the
circumstances," Ripken said in a statement. "I called the police,
and they responded immediately and it is now in their hands."