Alabama Sheriff: 'I Want to Thank' Hostage-Taker
Alleged kidnapper Jimmy Lee Dykes is 'taking care of our child'
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 3, 2013 1:37 PM CST
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(Newser) – Looks like police are still playing "good cop" on the sixth day of a hostage standoff in rural Alabama, reports NBC News. "I want to thank him for taking care of our child," said the Dale County sheriff of alleged kidnapper Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65. "That's very important." Dykes is accused of shooting a bus driver dead and kidnapping a 5-year-old boy, who has Asperger's syndrome and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Police have already passed medication, coloring books, and toys into the bunker.

“Eighty-five percent or more of standoff situations like this end nonviolently,” said FBI hostage negotiator Clint Van Zandt on the Today show. "Law enforcement doesn’t want to do anything precipitously that could cause anybody to be hurt at this time when the talking cure will likely work in this situation." Meanwhile, people in Dale County mourned the loss of bus driver Charles Poland, 66, who was killed trying to protect the boy. "Every time a child got on my dad’s bus, they were no longer their parents', they were his," said his son. "He considered them his children."

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Feb 4, 2013 6:06 AM CST
Were the coloring books for the Alabama sheriff?
Feb 3, 2013 11:02 PM CST
Here's the waste: The hostage-taker is a Viet Nam vet. From 1945-until 1949, Vietnamese communist Ho Chi Minh tried to be friends with America and get help, booting the colonial French out of Indochina. The US said no. Ho turned to Moscow and the game began. 30,000 American dead later (and untold nut cases like this man in Alabama) America is today GIVING anti sub aircraft (P-3 Orions) to the Vietnamese air force they can be our friend in the upcoming war with China! Fascist corporate defense industry America at its best
Feb 3, 2013 10:44 PM CST
There must be some kind of chemical they can fill the bunker with that will cause them to fall asleep without causing physical or lasting health damage? Or maybe I just watch too much TV.