Alabama standoff marks its 6th day, picture of suspect as an isolated man develops


Associated Press

Posted on February 3, 2013 at 12:00 PM

MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) — As the hostage standoff in rural Alabama enters a sixth day, more details are emerging about the suspect at the center of it, with neighbors and officials describing an isolated man with few friends and no close family.

Authorities say Jim Lee Dykes 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 property.

The 65-year-old Dykes is a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War. But after leaving the military, Dykes had some scrapes with the law, including a 1995 arrest for improper exhibition of a weapon -- a misdemeanor that was later dismissed.

Neighbors describe 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.

Meanwhile, bus driver is scheduled to be buried today. Charles Albert Poland Jr. is being remembered for his acts of kindness, from fixing someone's tractor to tilling the garden of a neighbor who'd had a heart attack, and for his heroism in trying to protect the children on his school bus last Tuesday.

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042-a-15-(William Lisenby, school bus driver who taught Sunday School with victim Charles Poland, in AP interview)-"off to him"-School bus driver William Lisenby says his fellow driver 'Chuck' Poland was a hero trying to defend the children on the bus. (3 Feb 2013)

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043-a-05-(William Lisenby, school bus driver who taught Sunday School with Charles "Chuck" Poland, in AP interview)-"have been us"-School bus driver William Lisenby says Charles Poland sacrificed his life for others. (3 Feb 2013)

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GRAPHICSBANK: Jimmy Lee Dykes, retired truck driver identified by officials as the suspect in a fatal shooting and hostage standoff in Midland City, Alabama Department of Public Safety photo on texture, partial graphic (2 Feb 2013)

APPHOTO ALBIN102: Members of the FBI team wait, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, in Midland City, Ala. Authorities said they still have an open line of communication with an Alabama man accused of abducting a 5-year-old child and holding him hostage in a bunker since Tuesday, Jan. 29. Sheriff Wally Olson said Saturday that Jimmy Lee Dykes has told them that he has blankets and an electric heater in the bunker. (AP Photo/, Joe Songer) MAGS OUT. (2 Feb 2013)

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