Sunday marked six days that a 5-year-old boy has been held in a bunker by a 65-year-old man and every day my husband wants to know why the SWAT team hasn’t stormed the bunker?
As a father it is making my husband crazy to watch this drama unfold and that little boy be left alone with this 65-year-old man who allegedly shot and killed the boy’s bus driver and then took him to an underground bunker on his rural Alabama property.
My husband just can’t understand why they haven’t gone in to get him, and I am wondering is that a common feeling among fathers?
My assumption is the police are talking with the man and feel like he must be taking OK care of the little boy. It’s my understanding he is accepting medicine for the little boy. I guess we don’t know if he’s really giving it to him or what else is happening in there.
I think the police are hoping to come to a peaceful agreement with the man to let the little guy out instead of risking the cops or the man shooting the little boy if they come in.
“…Authorities say Jim Lee Dykes, 65 — a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War known as Jimmy to neighbors — gunned down a school bus driver and then abducted a 5-year-old boy from the bus, taking him to an underground bunker on his rural property. The driver, 66-year-old Charles Albert Poland Jr., was to be buried Sunday.
Dykes, described as a loner who railed against the government, lives up a dirt road outside this tiny hamlet north of Dothan in the southeast corner of the state. His home is just off the main road north to the state capital of Montgomery, about 80 miles away.
The FBI said in a statement Sunday that authorities continue to have an open line of communication with Dykes and that they planned to deliver to the bunker additional comfort items such as food, toys and medicine. They also said Dykes was making the child as comfortable as possible…”
Besides allegedly shooting and killing the bus driver, here’s the scary part for me.
“…Neighbors described Dykes as a man who once beat a dog to death with a lead pipe, threatened to shoot children for setting foot on his property, and patrolled his yard at night with a flashlight and a firearm. Michael Creel said Dykes had an adult daughter, but the two lost touch years ago.”
Here’s why he has a bunker on his property:
“His property has a white trailer that, according to Creel, Dykes said he bought from FEMA after it was used to house evacuees from Hurricane Katrina. The property also has a steel shipping container — like those on container ships — in which Dykes stores tools and supplies.”
“Next to the container is the underground bunker where authorities say Dykes is holed up with the 5-year-old. Neighbors say the bunker has a pipe so Dykes could hear people coming near his driveway. Authorities have been using the ventilation pipe to communicate with him….
…Such bunkers are not uncommon in rural Alabama because of the threat of tornadoes.”
So what do you think: Are you wondering why they haven’t stormed the bunker while the man is sleeping? Is this a dad response or are moms feeling that way too? Do you think the police feel like the little fellow is not being harmed while being held? As a parent, what would you want the police to do?