Alabama Boy Being Held Hostage in Survivalist Bunker by Jimmy Lee Dykes
A five-year-old boy is on his fourth day of being held hostage in an underground bunker by a "survivalist" man.
Jimmy Lee Dykes entered a bus in Alabama and told the driver that he needed two young children. The bus driver refused, and Dykes shot him dead before he grabbed the kindergartner.
Ethan was targeted by Dykes because he passed out after Dykes shot the bus driver.
Police say that Dykes took Ethan to his underground bunker in Midland City, Alabama, a Doomsday bunker that took him months to build by hand.
Ethan is said to be unhurt, but he has been crying for his mother. The boy has ADHD and Asperger's.
Dykes is known in the neighborhood for being violent and mentally unstable. He recently beat his neighbor's dog to death with a lead pipe and threatened to shoot any child who entered his property.
He was scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday for charges after he allegedly fired shots at his neighbors in an argument last month over a speed bump.
Authorities think he might be holding the child hostage so he can escape being charged.
The paranoid man has been known to stay in his bunker for 8 days at a time. It is four feet underground and has six-by-eight feet of floor space. There is a small pipe connecting the bunker to the world above, a pipe that Dykes has allowed police to send medication down for the boy. He has also allowed colored pencils and paper to be sent down.
Police have now settled in for the long haul, as they expect him to give up sooner or later.
"We are not leaving," Pickard police Chief James Arrington said. "It's pretty small, but he's been known to stay in there eight days."
Officers have been attempting to convince him to give up the boy for the past few days.
"This isn't going to end itself. You need to come out and talk to us… we are not going away," an officer shouted.
"Give up! You need to exit the shelter, put down any weapons you have and approach police."
A vigil was held to honor the bus driver, Charles Poland, who was shot by Dykes before he kidnapped the boy.
Poland, 66, is being hailed as a hero. His wife Jan Poland said she is not surprised by her husband's attempt to protect the students.
"He loved them. He loved everybody and he was loved," she said.
A girl who was on the bus when Dykes entered said he was talking about how he "needed a kid because something about the law coming after him."