Skip to comments.Alabama standoff 2013: Details emerge about man at center of hostage drama
Posted on 02/03/2013 7:23:52 PM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
MIDLAND CITY, AL - As an Alabama standoff and hostage drama marked a sixth day Sunday, more details emerged about the suspect at the center, with neighbors and officials painting a picture of an isolated man estranged from his family. Authorities say Jim Lee Dykes, 65 -- a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War known as Jimmy to neighbors -- gunned down a school bus driver and abducted a 5-year-old boy from the bus, taking him to an underground bunker on his rural property. The driver, 66-year-old Charles Albert Poland Jr., was buried Sunday. Dykes, described as a loner who railed against the government, lives up a dirt road outside this tiny hamlet north of Dothan in the southeastern corner of the state. His home is just off the main road north to the state capital of Montgomery, about 80 miles away. The FBI said in a statement Sunday that authorities continue to have an open line of communication with Dykes. The little boy requested Cheez-Its and red Hot Wheels cars, and both were delivered to the bunker, FBI spokesman Jason Pack told The Associated Press. Authorities had said they also were delivering medicine and other comfort items, and that Dykes was making the child as comfortable as possible.
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Neighbors described Dykes as a man who once beat a dog to death with a lead pipe, threatened to shoot children for setting foot on his property, and patrolled his yard at night with a flashlight and a firearm. Michael Creel said Dykes had an adult daughter, but the two lost touch years ago.
Prayers for this little boy and his family.
He is anti-government and listens to a lot of talk radio....the journalists are trying to put this on the Conservative movement.
He is obviously a nut case regardless of what his political views are. I hope the police can find an effective way to free the young child.
” Michael Creel said Dykes kept to himself and listened to a lot of conservative talk radio.”
The leftists are loving that.
Yeah...noticed that. Attempted swipe there, wasn’t it?
I wonder if they have thought about piping a anesthetic gas into the bunker?
Funny that at least some of the recent mass shooters were registered Democrats and/or voted for Obama, but the mainstream media omitted those tidbits from their coverage.
I was thinking the same thing.
The longer the stand off goes, the more likely there will be a bad outcome. This guy has had to have slept a few times and they seem to be delivering things through some pipe. Why not deliver a strong dose of gas?
I was thinking that too. Supposedly, the guy has a periscope of sorts to look for/hear approaching people. I am sure that the police and the nut himself have been thinking about that.
The “anesthetist” gas is dangerous and can result in death.
Most likely he listens to Alex Jones abd other of the ilk
anything strong enough to knock out or imobilize the man would be too strong for the child..too risky.
Obviously I don’t know complete details.
But why haven’t they anesthetized the occupants of the shelter? There is a vent pipe they have been talking through. A tiny camera on a wire and some odorless gas seems like it might help the situation. They have to sleep some time. They need to see what’s inside.
There must be a great reason they haven’t considered this. I assume there are logistic details I don’t know about.
So I am not the only one who thought about this.
(I Should have read comments before posting.)
He was arrested for drugs in Panama City several years ago. I have no idea what the outcome was.
Yeah, just spitballin, my fear is that the sick puppy will be one of those that wants to die but is too gutless to die alone.
(I Should have read comments before posting.)
Well I’m glad I’m not the only one guilty of that. Sometimes my fingers, like my mouth start working before my brain!
The longer this goes on the better the chance that the little boy is scarred for life.
God in Heaven, I pray that this little boy will OK and that the police capture this sicko before he can do any further harm.
“The longer the stand off goes, the more likely there will be a bad outcome.”
Actually, that is not the case. ‘Talk and time’ is what brings these things to a peaceful conclusion.
As for the gas.... the bad guy can kill that child within seconds and regardless of the gas, he will have seconds. Besides, for all anyone knows this guy has already taken precautions to defend against gas.
Like I said, “talk and time”.
“He is anti-government and listens to a lot of talk radio”
Have “journalists” said anything about who big city gang bangers listen to?
I noticed the local Sheriff was thanking the killer for taking care of the little boy. For some reason I think that is what the FBI told him to say.
Yup. Makes me wonder what radio the banger in an article caught with a gazillion bucks worth of coke in the article up above listens to..........
It likely was.
It is just one more way for LEOs to reenforce their message to the bad guy. Keeping him calm and putting the best face on the situation may end up saving the child’s life.
Yup...Rush made him do it.
considering the man is a stark raving lunatic I am not impressed. Batchelore is a useless ....
THANK GOD there are hundreds of paramilitary police operatives from a dozen different .gov branches there to protect us from this old lone madman in a hole!
Some media reports say Dykes is a VietNam “era” veteran having served in Japan during VietNam but never there, while others state he is a decorated vet who actually had boots on the ground. Which is it? Dykes was in the Navy, was not a Seal, so what ground combat troops does the Navy have that are not SEALs or Marines?
I live just a few miles from Midland City. I was told tonight by a person who said her boss lives next door to Dykes and that (allegedly) he has enough provisions stored in the bunker for an extended period of time along with other chilling comments.
I wouldn’t be surprised if this guy was paid to do this by Big Sis and the Obummer regime so as to spur another executive order for “the equal time” bill against conservative talk radio. At this point, I wouldn’t put ANYTHING past these jack booted thugs.
Even it was safe to knock out the guy it may be impossible to open the door from the outside. The door may be barred so securely that the necessary explosive would kill everyone in the small room.
No. journalists are supportive of gang members and the culture from which they sprang. They just don’t want to live next door to them, have their personal possessions taken by them, be beaten to a pulp by them, or have their daughters date them. They know what the gang members listen to because they have them same drivel on their ipods. Journalists like to pretend they are cool and “down with the homies”, yet they are afraid to be around them and really have little or no personal contact with them.
Likely enough anesthesia strong enough to knock this guy out would be too strong for a little boy.
Since police have gotten close enough to give the child things he wants and needs through some kind of pipe, surely this a possible route to take.
What to do...what to do. His parents must be out of their minds with worry...
That might help.
Put a bug in one of the kids cars, but I guess any attempt to break this up could put the child in danger.
I'm in the same club!
As you’ve probably heard, the cops stormed the bunker and in a short exchange of gunfire, killed the wacko. The child is just fine and is apparently enjoying his hospital stay. Local TV said tonight explosives were found in the bunker and in the ventilation pipe. I had been told this last evening that the feds had X-rayed the bunker roof and saw explosives inside (although this isn’t or hasn’t been made public AFAIK).