Alabama Hostage Situation Is Over; Boy Is Safe
February 4, 2013
About a week after it began, a hostage situation in an underground bunker in Midland City, Ala., is over.
The 5-year old boy that had been held hostage since he was abducted from his school bus is in good condition and is under observation at at local hospital.
Hostage taker Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, is dead, according to the FBI. Authorities entered the bunker and rescued the child after Dykes was observed with a gun and negotiations “deteriorated”, according to Steve Richardson with the FBI’s office in Mobile. Authorities feared the boy was in imminent danger.
Dykes gunned down a school bus driver last Tuesday and abducted a 5-year-old boy from the bus before taking him to an underground bunker on his rural property. The driver, 66-year-old Charles Poland Jr., was buried Sunday.