February 2nd, 2013
06:20 AM ET

Authorities tight-lipped as standoff over child hostage enters 5th day

Midland City, Alabama (CNN) – As an armed standoff entered its fifth day Saturday, authorities negotiated through a ventilation pipe with a man accused of barricading himself and a 5-year-old hostage in an underground bunker in southeastern Alabama.

Police have been tight-lipped about a possible motive since the hostage drama began unfolding in Midland City with the shooting of school bus driver and the abduction of the 5-year-old.

In a sign of perhaps how tense negotiations are between authorities and the suspect, officials have refused to detail what, if any, demands have been made by the suspect.

On Friday, the Dale County sheriff did confirm what neighbors have been saying and news outlets around Midland City have been reporting since the standoff began - the suspected gunman's identity.

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  1. banasy©

    A paranoid nut with his home-made bunker.
    I hope they can get the child out unharmed.

    February 2, 2013 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. erik

    They need to sneak down into that whole and kill this man. Get the child and bring him back home.

    February 2, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |