Ex-Raven Dameon Hunter sought by police

OWINGS MILLS – Former Baltimore Ravens running back Dameon Hunter is the subject of a police manhunt after being charged Monday for his alleged role in the kidnapping of a man who showed up naked and bleeding from a gunshot wound last Thanksgiving at the home of retired Orioles legend Cal Ripken.<br>

Baltimore County police filed an arrest warrant for conspiracy to commit kidnapping against Hunter, 25, for a Nov. 27 incident that left Brian Robbins pleading for help at Ripken's Reisterstown home. Ripken called 911.

Police spokesman Shawn Vinson said that an investigation found that the suspects used the victim's cellular phone during the kidnapping.

Through phone records, the police linked Hunter to William H. Gunn. Gunn was charged as the shooter on Dec. 18, 2003. Vinson said that Hunter was involved in planning the kidnapping.

The Ravens said that Hunter was a member of their football team in 2002, when he appeared in one game and garnered no statistics, noting that he was not a member of their team in 2003. Hunter was released by the team last summer.

Robbins told investigators that he was abducted and held for several hours by three unknown suspects.

Robbins said that he was walking out of his apartment building in Baltimore City when he was approached by an armed man and forced inside of a white Lexus, according to a police report.

Robbins added that the suspects told him he needed to pay them money to be released. During the kidnapping, Robbins was beaten, struck with a gun and stabbed, police said.

The victim was then forced back into a car and driven to the area of Tufton and Dover Roads. He was told to undress and walk away from the car.

While running from the suspects, Robbins was shot in the back and ran to Ripken's home to ask for help.

In a statement, Ripken said: "This was obviously an unusual and upsetting situation for me and my family. I called the police and they responded immediately and it is now in their hands."

Vinson said police officers found Robbins on Ripken's porch after the former All-Star shortstop called police to report the bleeding, naked man banging on his door.

Vinson said that police followed a trail of blood that led from the porch, over a fence and to a spot near an intersection, where they found more blood.

Hunter is described by police as a 6-foot, 220-pound black man with black hair and brown eyes. His current address is unknown.

Anyone with information regarding Hunter has been asked to call Baltimore County police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCKUP. A $2,000 reward has been offered.

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.

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