Jimmy Lee Dykes is 65 years old and was to be in court today on a “menancing” charge in Midland City, Alabama. He is currently allegedly holding a 6-year-old boy with an unnamed medical condition hostage in an underground bunker in his (Dykes’) backyard. Neighbors say Dykes had been “digging” and “digging.” Hero bus driver, Charles Albert Poland, Jr. tried to stop the gunman but was shot and killed. A neighbor, James Edward Davis, Jr. claims that Dykes pointed a gun at him and daughter in December 2012. Updates as available.
UPDATE 1-31-13 @ 9:55 am CST: The little boy has been identified as ‘Ethan.’ Please keep Ethan in your prayers. The standoff continues. I can’t imagine how this little boy is being kept warm. Here’s another neighbor talking about Dykes:
On Wednesday, the day before the standoff began, Dykes was supposed to appear in court to answer to charges that he’d shot at Davis during a December argument over the dirt road that separated their homes.
Davis was in the process of moving out when his truck — hauling a trailer — dug ruts into the dirt speed bump Dykes had built up across the road.
Dykes “got mad about what he saw” — standing by the side of the road, yelling and cursing, said Davis’ mother, Claudia.
He then ran to his van, got a pistol, and fired two shots at the truck, the Davises said.
Fortunately, no one was hurt, including Claudia Davis’ 6-month-old daughter who was inside.
The Wednesday court date in nearby Ozark was for menacing, a misdemeanor that carries penalties of up to six months in jail.
UPDATE 1-30-13 @ 6:35 pm CST: No real new news, but CBS is reporting that Dykes is known as the “crazy man,” around the neighborhood, known as “paranoid” and once beat a dog to death with a lead pipe.
UPDATE 30-13 @ 2:00 pm CST: Shep Smith on Fox is reporting this minute that Charles Poland, the bus driver who was murdered by Jimmy Lee Dykes yesterday, visited Poland’s house the day before he died to deliver eggs and other food items as a “thank you” for doing some repair on either his own vehicle or maybe the school bus.
UPDATE 1-30-13 @ 12:33 pm CST: Megyn Kelly has just reported that neighbors say Jimmy Lee Dykes has threatened to shoot children who come onto his property, and paroles his property with a flashlight at night.
A girl who was on the school bus when Dykes allegedly stormed it said he referred to his upcoming court case…
He started talking about how he needed a kid because something about the law coming after him,’ she told ABC News…
Another neighbor, Michael Creel:
I talked to a girl that was riding the bus, and she told me that he came on the bus and said, “I need two kids between the ages of 6 and 8,”‘ Michael Creel, Dykes’ neighbor, told the Eagle. ‘The driver told him, “I can’t do that.” (The driver) tried to get away from the guy.’ Source: Daily Mail
Creel is also quoted as saying Dykes has lived on his property for about two years and begin digging the bunker right after he moved in.
Charles Albert Poland, Jr. was 66-years-old and shot several times. Read initial details here, including comments by neighbors.