Alabama bus kidnapping

The 7-day hostage crisis in Midland City, Alabama is over, WSFA TV reports. The standoff between law enforcement and Jimmy Lee Dykes ended at around 3:40 p.m. ET Monday when police stormed the 6 ft x 8 ft underground bunker where Dykes and his hostage, 5-year-old Ethan, were hunkered down.

Neighbors who were earwitnesses tell WSFA that the FBI breached the door to Dykes' homemade bunker and tossed in a flash bomb to temporarily disorient him and his small captive.

The Associated Press reports Dykes, 65, was shot and killed by law enforcement. Ethan, who turns 6 Thursday, was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for evaluation.

The crisis started Tuesday afternoon last week, when Dykes boarded a Dale County school bus and asked the driver for 2 boys, 6 and 8. The driver, Charles Poland, Jr., said he couldn't do that, and Dykes opened fire on him, killing him. Dykes took Ethan after the boy fainted.

After 7 days of no new developments in the case, news crews were alerted to a break in the case when they heard the sounds of gunfire and observed an ambulance leave the scene with no lights or sirens.

The end to the standoff was confirmed at a press conference about an hour later.

WSFA 12 News reporters on scene started alerting the newsroom of the first movement in days around 3 p.m. when they hearing a loud explosion and gunfire. An ambulance was seen leaving the scene but without emergency lights or sirens activated. It traveled to nearby Flowers Hospital in Dothan, where authorities later confirmed the child was transported. Dothan police officers are currently guarding the area around the emergency room and all questions to the hospital are being deferred to the FBI.

Authorities attempted for days to convince Dykes to release the child from a nearby underground bunker. Dykes was not believed to have physically harmed the child, who was given medicine, toys, coloring books and comfort foods via a PVC pipe that lead into the bunker.

  • Ms.Fashion

    He deserved Death!! That goes for anyone who decides harm children.

    My heart goes out to the man who lost his life.

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

    Fashion hey hun saw ya font earlier how have you been :hug: Missed my fellow Leo

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

    This fool up top is scum of the earth :cuss:

  • bklyngirl

    Thankful the little boy is safe, but he is going to need major therapy for a long time!

  • Michelle Williams Microphone…I’m Always a Problem

    Glad the lil one is safe. Crazy story.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-BW2gKnVz8 BAD Angel

    Thank God it's over! I really hate that child had that horrible experience and pray that nothing sexual happened to him. I bet his parents are beyond grateful to have him back. I'm thankful for the bus driver who lost his life protecting the kids. Without his intervention there probably would have been more kids taken.

  • PumpkinsMama

    Hate to play the "race card" but if the man had been black, they woulda been dragged, shot, or blown his azz up! A week? Gtfoh! Also I find the lack of details surrounding the "take down" hella sketchy :tea:

  • PumpkinsMama

    Hi Brenden :hi: don't know ya personally but your font keeps me in stitches! I put you as my favorite poster in my welcome pack :kona:

  • Michelle Williams Microphone…I’m Always a Problem

    Well hello there Pumpkins :waves: it is my pleasure to meet ur acquaintance. I agree with you btw...And not just cuzz you just stroked my ego :biggrin: Seriously. A porn star was killed last year by cops. He wasn't a friend, but a guy I would see around and about. Big guy, very friendly. Had a Valley boy stoner type of demeanor. Anyway...Domestic violence call. He and his girlfriend were fighting I believe. He was hit with 5 or 6 tazers and had a heart attack. I wasn't there, so I don't know what happened, but I do remember the police report saying his size was threatening. It wasn't his size :no: That's just one example. I'd also like to reference that infamous clip of the motorist yelling and screaming at the cop who gave him a ticket. Lil White man yelling at the top of his lungs, and even tore up the ticket and threw it out the window at the cop. Oddly, the cop remained stoic. Told him to pick it up or he'd be cited for littering. Cop never raised his voice, didn't put his hand on his holdster...Nothing...Even as the guy sped off the cop just laughed. Now...A Black man raising his voice to a cop is reason enough to get thrown on the ground and handcuffed, throwing a ticket back at the officer will get you 2 warning shots in the back of the head. Even worst a large portion of America would support said cop, start an online fund for his family, and so on...Whatever though. It's too late to get my blood pressure up. I'm still mad at the comments on yahoo under the Alicia Keys story. I'm used to the Beyonce backlash, but damn...No matter what shade of Black you may be, you still a ****** to some :coffee: I censored that myself btw...Welcome to post racial America folks. Us coloreds can't do nothing right :shrugs:

  • PumpkinsMama

    @ Brenden AMEN! That's terrible but SO very common. I live in NYC, Abner Louima, Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell, you get the point :tea: "Even if you in a Benz, you still a nigga in a coupe" smfh

  • luVn_liFe…

    PEACE be With this child,Family,Bus driver and His FAM. GMA just put a pic of the child Ethan is Adorable.
    Good Morning ROSES :wave:

  • Pickachu Tran

    so glad the child is safe and this is finally over....
    Morning Roses :waves:

  • Milky

    I hope this child is okay mentally and his parents are ok. He is going to need a lot of therapy along with this parents/siblings. Why won't they release how the man died. Either you killed him or he offed himself. Maybe they dont want to say that they killed the man in front of the kid! :blink:

    Good Morning Luvn :kiss:

  • Milky

    :hi:
    pickachu

  • luVn_liFe…

    The CK underwear guy is on GMA,WOWZERS amazing body!!!

    ANd theY have the MIRACLE DRESS on GMA.Shapewear sewn right into a Dress

    they Got JOkes with That

  • NaijaGal

    LUV N :happy:

    Morning folks that drop in after :hi:

    May dude rot in hell

  • luVn_liFe…

    MILKY :kis: hey babes You must be Frezzing ur butt off! :hug:

  • NaijaGal

    MILKY :hug:

  • luVn_liFe…

    NaIJA :happy: How R Ya??
    Im home for the first part of my morning.I was told to stay home . . :thinK: I may go in for a couple hours at noon :D

  • LadieLeo

    Good Morning All!

    @Pumpkin I said the same thing yesterday. That standoff would've ended day one!

    Happy the lil boy is safe.

  • luVn_liFe…

    What is this "SMASH" ??? :tea: <--Green Mint TEA w/Honey :hurl: to early 4dat,ALL I GOT right now

  • Milky

    Good Morning:
    naija :hug:
    luvn yes im freezin my tail off and the sprites hate turning on heat.
    ladieleo
    pumpkin

    :cold:

  • luVn_liFe…

    Today woulda BEEN TraYvon Martins 18th Bday may he RIP and his family have some type of solace in this time

  • WUT U TALKIN BOUT?!

    Goodmorning Yall! :hug:

  • luVn_liFe…

    @MILKY
    Its Probably a good thing the Heater isnt on. :wave: <--thick long johns4U

  • FuturedocDonte

    Morning :coffee:

  • luVn_liFe…

    Morning WUT"

  • Milky

    @luvn thanks for the long johns i need those up in here for real.

    good morning wut wut :hug:

    :thinking: what do i want for breakfast?

  • Milky

    mornin @future

  • http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshh81fS9TV392h0833a Bedazzled His Razzle

    @luvn did you see that Georgy boy wanted to push back the court date?? :no:

    Good morning loves... :waves:

  • http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshh81fS9TV392h0833a Bedazzled His Razzle

    Why are the comments off for Smash??

  • luVn_liFe…

    @RAZZ . . . :hi: yeah he wants another six months,Ther suppose to go to trial June

  • Milky

    @razzle dazzle :hi: another six months for what? getcho azz to trial and go to jail already :chase:

  • FuturedocDonte

    George Zimmerman thinks the longer he postpones the trial the better because he think the hype will die down... :coffee: nope

  • Miany

    Good Morning :waves:
    Let Zimmerman do what he want, hype aint gonna die down. His momma is holding a rally this week and I hope she continues to honor her son so Zimmy gonna have to face the LAW. sn...ain't no dayum thing 'stand your ground' about what he did.

  • luVn_liFe…

    @MaiNy . . Murning" Where is she holding the RAlly At?

  • FuturedocDonte

    Jennifer Hudson look like Mary J in the post upstairs.... Auntie turned that post off cuz she don't need not ner one of y'all fuggin up the cash flow :nono:

  • Trendsetter

    Morning Roses

  • Miany

    @LUVN...I'll dig through my messages, get the details and post it in a few.
    @Future Doc...I ain't mad at Aunty bout her money. Auntie know we dunno how to act round company

  • Nakeya_j

    Good Morning Roses. Thank God that little boy is ok.

  • luVn_liFe…

    :newpost:

  • Unshakable

    Hello all!!!

    Ok.....so I have a question for those of you who would like to give your opinion on the following:

    Let's use this same scenario as above, but instead of the kidnapper being killed, he gives the boy up to police and is arrested. Mind you, the bus driver is dead (as above). Do you think he should still rot in hell?

    The reason I ask is because I wonder will God use the same measuring stick for us on Judgement Day that we use on our fellow man every day?

    Disclaimer: No judgement/offense is meant towards anyone; I just want your thoughts on this matter. Thank you in advance, lovelies! :kiss: