Transcript for Alabama Hostage Standoff: Who Is Jimmy Lee Dykes?
And last night we told you about that agonizing standoff in alabama. Police trying to rescue a 5-year-old snatched from a school bus and held captive in an underground bunker by a man with a gun.... See More
And last night we told you about that agonizing standoff in alabama. Police trying to rescue a 5-year-old snatched from a school bus and held captive in an underground bunker by a man with a gun. Well, today we got our first look at that man. Here's abc's gio benitez. Reporter: This is our first look at the man holding a 5-year-old boy named "ethan" hostage. 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes has been holed up with the child for four days in an underground bunker while authorities swarm above. The boy was snatched tuesday, after police say dykes stormed a school bus, killing the driver, charles poland. Today, the bus was removed from the scene, amid new details of how the children were traumatized. The first ones I talked to was 3 or 4, that were standing there in a circle kind of huddled together. And ththey was okay that they just had saw a gentleman get shot. Reporter: Pastor michael senn, who counseled the school children just minutes after the kidnapping, said dykes wanted more than just one child that day. He wanted two children between the ages of 6 and 8 from what I understand. Reporter: Dykes has been talking with negotiators through a ventilation pipe and has allowed the boy's medication to be sent down. The child is believed to have autism. Experts say negotiators will go slow, trying to gain trust and not do anything to agitate dykes like cutting off the electricity or putting sleeping gas down the pipe. And while talks continue and ethan appears physically unharmed, the wait is take its toll on all in this small town.
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