Alabama Hostage Standoff Enters 2nd Day


The standoff in Midland, Alabama between authorities and Jimmy Lee Dykes has entered its third day, as it was reported that the six year-old child he's currently holding hostage is doing "ok."

The kidnapper has been identified as Jimmy Lee Dykes, a 65-year-old military veteran who lives on a rural Private Road 1539 off of U.S. Highway 231. On Tuesday at 3:30 PM, Dykes assaulted a school bus and demanded hostages to hold off the “law coming for him.” He then fatally shot the driver, Charles Poland, multiple times after he attempted to prevent Dykes from escaping with a child.

The county coroner, Woodrow Hilboldt, said that Dykes had his hostage held in “what has been described to me as an underground bunker. Someplace to get out of the way of a tornado.”