Alabama community grateful for boy's safe return
FBI storms bunker to free 5-year-old hostage
- Duration 6:57
- Date Feb 5, 2013
FBI storms bunker to free 5-year-old hostage
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This situation is now finally over a small Alabama town it will rest easy tonight.
After a weeklong standoff.
-- hostage was a little five year old boy.
And boy this one ended in the best possible way.
The man responsible for this 65 year old Jamie Lee dykes was shot as part of the mission to rescue this little boy -- killed.
When authorities stormed the underground bunker where he was keeping this child folks in the area say that they are very happy -- this little boy and that we'll -- Prayed for a little lawyer.
To come out strong and safe and for -- mother wrap his arms around.
Him and let him know that we've all been pray and and for his mother and his family -- know we've been -- and and it is it is unbelievable the support that this down it's -- and for this.
Relief that was my first thought everyone outspoken today.
Since the news broke this afternoon just a tremendous feeling of.
I think the whole nation felt that -- I -- that he sigh of relief when I saw this news crossed that this little boy had been.
Released safely here now as Alabama congresswoman.
Martha Roby she represents the district that includes -- Midland city congressman welcome.
Thank you aren't good to be -- -- -- this is an unbelievable story and thank god this child is okay what what have we learned from this and what what's here what's your reaction to this mission this morning.
Well let me just -- -- to.
Eat Ben and his mother and all of this young lady how relieved we are out -- mom out that he's not I have two small children and did you -- behind representing this district more from that from the standpoint of -- mom just.
I can't imagine what their anguish that this family has gone -- -- and now it also say to you mr.
Poland Stanley the bus -- He.
Made the ultimate sacrifice and we're so grateful for that we certainly are praying for them and their loss.
During this time but I would just say.
From the perspective of local law enforcement alongside.
Up from local state and federal all of the agencies that were involved in us they aired they -- they here as they're the ones that.
Returned this little -- safely.
To his family and so I just wanna give a tremendous thank you.
-- -- Yeah I mean you are so right and this bus driver was such a hero.
Where -- listening to Peter Johnson talked about this this morning and he was saying that this it could have been so much worse were it not for this man.
If he had been able to move his way onto that bus and had taken more of these children who knows you know what would have happened in this situation.
But there's also you know when you look into the background.
Jamie Lee -- -- he was brought up on menacing charges and as I understand it his guns could have been taken away from him.
As a result of that is there anything we need to learn about how to deal with people like this that we could do differently in the future.
Well I think market this time.
There's a lot of details that have yet to be released about the background on this situation.
The relationships between.
-- -- people involved I would just say that's.
You know we need to focus right now on -- and we need to focus -- on his being reunited with his family and celebrate -- Give this family time -- you.
Get their feet back on the ground after this this.
Situation that like I said before has caused so much anguish not just with this family but throughout the community down there and -- the events and facts unfold.
And I think it would be the appropriate time -- to reevaluate.
Hard to imagine what that my ballot question is able to put our arms around that little boy I -- I -- whether I'm either not an accident that hasn't been reading thank you so much good to have you with us thank you Brad I mean we want to bring in dale county sheriff Wally Olsen who we -- so closely through this entire thing and sheriff.
I know that you'll also she usually relieved.
That this turned out so well.
-- -- Talk -- me a little bit about what is this operation and and how it went down.
You know a lot of the details on the operation I think -- -- -- you know this week is still ongoing criminal investigation.
We've got to you finish there.
But I can see this.
Everybody -- men and women of law enforcement in the first responders you know the -- their body work together for one common goal -- Bringing them home you know make sure he was site.
This is the community involvement -- -- involved.
People helping people you know -- That's really what it's all about.
You know -- win it we learned that there was that camera that was lowered into that bunker.
-- you know what can you tell us about that and we know that from the FBI that that decision -- they saw that they felt this boy was in danger.
They decided to create some kind of diversionary.
Tactic to get his attention away for just a split second right -- he tell you about that.
Well I guess that I I really didn't go over our captains are.
Do you thing like and I apologize you know because.
Let's face at a minimum time we're in -- -- -- my will remain.
Have to columnist services again at some point in time.
You know it's just talk but what about his background -- -- -- because there have been reports that he was it we we talked to one woman has said that she beat his her dog.
-- -- Without lead pipe another man said that he was brought up -- menacing charges that he.
Would not let anybody come near his property he was allowed to build this bunker is that something that you know.
You know like dating -- -- -- -- -- build that bunker I mean what what can we learn about dealing with this kind of person because that is something that maybe we can't take something away from.
We had we had no report the incident with a we did have a report of the menacing charges with the -- -- merchandise and they Simmons one the second.
As far as the the building.
We have no knowledge of that prior to this.
You it could you've taken away his guns.
When he was arrested on menacing charges at that point.
You know he was arrested -- warning that was that was done.
Known as a whole lot of them you probably have developed in addition parents are not -- a lot of the details of case I'm not real to me that.
You know this no I didn't get arrested on this important sector without -- Sharon Wilson a great job.
-- you and everybody else who worked on this and we're so thankful that -- were able to get that little boy out of there safely thank you so much sheriff.
Thank you for your --