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After four days, first picture of hostage taker emerges.....

Posted by on Feb. 1, 2013 at 7:56 PM
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 This guy just looks mental. I pray that little boy is OK.

 

First picture emerges of man believed to have taken 5-year-old hostage in Alabama

A police source confirms to NBC News that this is the suspect in an Alabama hostage-taking, Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65.

 

By Erin McClam and Gabe Gutierrez, NBC News

The first picture emerged Friday of the Alabama man who authorities say has held a 5-year-old boy in an underground bunker for more than three days after snatching him off a school bus.

 

A police source confirmed to NBC News that the photo is of Jimmy Lee Dykes, who authorities say took the boy after shooting and killing the bus driver Tuesday afternoon in the small town of Midland City.

 

Dykes, 65, described by authorities and neighbors as a Vietnam veteran and survivalist with deep mistrust of the government, has communicated with hostage negotiators through a long PVC pipe.

 

The boy has Asperger's syndrome and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a state representative said Thursday. Authorities have gotten medicine to the boy through the pipe, plus crayons and coloring books.

 

Bus driver Charles Albert Poland Jr., 66, was shot and killed while trying to stop the abduction. His children told NBC News that he thought of the children on the bus as his own, and took bullets for them as he might have for his son or daughter.

 

"Every time a child got on my dad's bus, they were no longer their parents', they were his," son Aaron Poland said in an interview that aired Friday on TODAY.

 

Police towed the bus away from the scene Friday after processing it for evidence.

 

The two men had a brief encounter a day before the siege, a neighbor said. Kelly Miller, who lives next door to Dykes, told NBC affiliate WSFA that Dykes boarded Poland's bus Monday and spoke with him. She did not know what was said.

 

Then, on Tuesday morning, before the abduction, Poland gave Dykes a gift of eggs and marmalade to thank him for clearing off the driveway where the bus had to turn around, according to Miller.

 

Miller, whose sons Jessie and Jackson were able to leave the bus before the shooting, told the station that Dykes called her father to the property fence shortly afterward and gave him Poland's gifts, saying: "Here. I don't want this."

 

Hours later, Miller heard shots and screams.

 

"Within seconds of me grasping what was going on, I knew it was Jim," she told WSFA.

 

Published reports have quoted neighbors as saying Dykes has spent as long as eight days at a time in the bunker.

 

A U.S. military official confirmed Friday that Dykes served a little more than four years in the Navy before being discharged in January 1969. He received several awards, including a medal for good conduct.

 

Neighbors have described him as a paranoid menace who killed at least one neighborhood pet and threatened children on his property. On the day of the school bus siege, he was due in court over allegedly shooting at a neighbor's truck. Police have not said if they believe the planned court appearance was connected to the hostage situation.

 

 

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free1
by ~FreeSpirit~ on Feb. 1, 2013 at 9:38 PM

"I pray that little boy is OK."

(Me too) Sad.

tooptimistic
by Kelly on Feb. 1, 2013 at 9:43 PM
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Me too.

Quoting free1:

"I pray that little boy is OK."

(Me too) Sad.



NWP
by guerrilla girl on Feb. 1, 2013 at 9:45 PM
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Me too

Quoting tooptimistic:


Me too.

Quoting free1:

"I pray that little boy is OK."

(Me too) Sad.




North West Passage

survivorinohio
by René on Feb. 1, 2013 at 9:58 PM

:(  This isnt good

free1
by ~FreeSpirit~ on Feb. 1, 2013 at 10:02 PM

 

'Save The Children'

Solomon6
by on Feb. 1, 2013 at 10:28 PM
This is happening 20 minutes from my house. The bus driver that was shot, his son Aaron and I went to church together :'(
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Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on Feb. 1, 2013 at 10:29 PM

simple frown

KreatingMe
by Silver Member on Feb. 1, 2013 at 10:56 PM

My son is 7 and has Asperger's and he can't spend the night away from me: ( 

I don't know if most people know this but anxiety is a common symptom of Asperger's : (    This is not to lessen the fear that any child would feel. 

Euphoric
by Bazinga! on Feb. 2, 2013 at 10:41 AM

 :(

cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Feb. 2, 2013 at 12:42 PM

 My son is on the spectrum as well. He would be having a massive meltdown if he was in this situation. And I can't think that'd be good for someone who is mentally unstable. I hope this guy comes out soon or at the very least, lets that boy go.

Quoting KreatingMe:

My son is 7 and has Asperger's and he can't spend the night away from me: ( 

I don't know if most people know this but anxiety is a common symptom of Asperger's : (    This is not to lessen the fear that any child would feel. 

 

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