January 31st, 2013
04:53 AM ET

Standoff drags into 3rd day as man holds 6-year-old in underground bunker

Somewhere underneath this red Alabama dirt is a 6-year-old boy.

The kindergartener was snatched from the safety of his school bus Tuesday by a gunman and stashed in an underground bunker.

Authorities have not released the name of the suspected gunman. But neighbors and news outlets around Midland City identified him as 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes, a Vietnam veteran and a retired truck driver.

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  1. banasy©

    It is indeed Jimmy Lee Dykes, a paranoid loner who has spent the last two years building his bunker; he killed the bus driver, who tried to prevent this tragedy.
    I hope they can get the boy out.

    January 31, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. ronvan

    Wondering why they could not "gas" the bunker? There are some things out there that could put them out very quickly, then enter without violence and get this young boy into care and the idiot in jail!

    February 1, 2013 at 9:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Stephanie

    Lord i pray that u will place angels around the little boy and that u protect him for any harm we trust u in all the things that u do we also pray for the guy to that he will release the boy unharmed and gets the help that he needs.. Justice will defiently be served under ur commands and we leave everything under ur authority amen

    February 4, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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