Alabama Hostage Drama Finally Over; Abducted Boy SafePosted: February 4, 2013
The 5-year-old boy who was abducted from his school bus almost a week ago and imprisoned in a home-made bunker in Midland City, Alabama, has been rescued and his captor Jimmy Lee Dykes is dead. CNN Reports:
FBI Special Agent in Charge Steve Richardson at the scene said negotiations had broken down with the child’s abductor and the kidnapper was “observed holding a gun.”
Believing the child to be in imminent danger, an FBI team entered the bunker at 3:12 p.m. CT (4:12 p.m. ET) and rescued the boy, Richardson said, adding that the hostage-taker is dead.
Little is known yet about the rescue, but the boy, whose first name is Ethan, was not physically hurt. The boy is said to have Asperger’s syndrome and ADHD.
The child appeared to be OK when he was freed, law enforcement officials said. Alabama state Rep. Steve Clouse told CNN that the boy was taken to a hospital in nearby Dothan.
Thanks to ecocatwoman for this local report from dothan eagle.com:
Shortly before 3:30 p.m. on Monday, two loud bangs could be heard at the scene of the hostage crisis, followed by an ambulance leaving the scene.
The ambulance later arrived at Flowers Hospital, where several law enforcement officers were seen outside. It is believed the hostage victim was taken to Flowers.
The developments occurred on the seventh day of the hostage standoff involving Dykes, who had been holding the 5-year-old boy hostage in an underground bunker after boarding a school bus and killing the driver, 66-year-old Charles Poland.
If I learn more, I’ll update in the comments.