Alabama Boy Held Hostage (with Video)

By WISE Web News

February 1, 2013 Updated Feb 1, 2013 at 5:31 PM EST

ALABAMA (www.incnow.tv) -- A stand-off in rural Alabama between police and a man holding a five-year-old boy crawls into day four.

A gunman boarded a school bus in Midland, AL Tuesday afternoon and demanded a few random children come with him. The gunman, 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes killed the bus driver, 66-year-old Charles Poland Jr. when he refused to let him take any children. Dykes then kidnapped a five-year-old boy with special needs.

The boy, named Ethan, is being held in an underground bunker on Dykes property. Police say Ethan is crying for his parents and grandparents but Dykes is telling them "We're not coming out." Reportedly, he spent eight days placing supplies in the bunker before the alleged crimes.

Reports described Dykes as a retired truck driver and Vietnam veteran. He was recently charged with menacing and was due to appear in court Wednesday.

According to a neighbor, Rhonda Wilbur, Dykes "believed that government is here only to take our things and suppress our rights and that government is the great satan".

Prayer vigils have been held throughout the week in honor of Ethan and Poland Jr., who is being hailed as a hero across the community.

"Our gratitude needs to go out to him for protecting all these children. He started the day as a school bus driver and ended as a hero," stated Alabama State Representative Steve Clouse.




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