Alabama Hostage Standoff Enters Day 5

Police still talking to Jimmy Lee Dykes through pipe in bunker

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 2, 2013 7:01 AM CST

(Newser) – Day five of the Alabama hostage situation arrives with little news: Police are still talking with 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes through a PVC pipe connected to his underground bunker, and Dykes is still refusing to leave or free the 5-year-old boy he abducted, reports KAIT8.com. About the only tangible developments: Police released a photo of Dykes and towed away the school bus whose driver was fatally shot Tuesday morning while trying to protect his charges.

"I believe he wants to rant and rave about politics and government," one neighbor tells AP of Dykes. "He's very concerned about his property. He doesn't want his stuff messed with." Residents of Midland City are holding nightly vigils, and a local lawmaker who visited the boy's mother says she is "hanging by a thread." The child is said to have Asperger's.

Law enforcement officials remove the bus Friday that Charles Poland was driving when he was fatally shot in Midland City, Ala.
Law enforcement officials remove the bus Friday that Charles Poland was driving when he was fatally shot in Midland City, Ala.   (AP Photo/The Dothan Eagle, Jay Hare)
This photograph released by the Alabama Department of Public Safety shows Jimmy Lee Dykes.
This photograph released by the Alabama Department of Public Safety shows Jimmy Lee Dykes.   (AP Photo/Alabama Department of Public Safety)
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