The Alabama hostage standoff continues late into Thursday (Jan. 31). The hostage is a 5-year-old boy who was taken from a school bus Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 29) and has been held captive in a very tense standoff. According to a new report, police SWAT teams and hostage negotiators are still engaged in talks with Jimmy Lee Dykes, the man who killed a bus driver and took a kid back to what they are calling a bunker near his house.
Friday (Feb. 1) would be the fourth day of the standoff near Midland City, Alabama, and people around the country continue to pray for the boy. Authorities have been keeping most of the information about this case under wraps and they haven't even officially identified the suspect. The media has identified the suspect as Dykes through witnesses and neighbors in the area. If it is indeed Dykes, he is a Vietnam veteran and a retired truck driver.
The scenes is swarming with police officers trying to make sure that nothing bad happens to the kindergartner who was basically kidnapped. CNN released a report on what the bunker might look like from the inside, but these are also only educated guesses since only Dykes would know the final plans look like. The good news is that though the Alabama hostage standoff drags on, there is every indication that the boy is still alive. Authorities are in contact with the suspect, which is where this information comes from.
The bus driver, who most people state was a hero in this situation, died in protection of the 21 students riding on his bus. His name was Charles Albert Poland Jr.