El niño de 5 años que se mantenía como rehén de un hombre que abordó a tiros un autobús escolar fue rescatado este lunes por las autoridades de Alabama, mientras que el secuestrador murió a manos de la policía, de acuerdo con CNN.

El hombre identificado como Jimmy Lee Dykes se atrincheró con el niño, en un búnker rural de la zona, y pesar de los intentos de negociación, éste se negaba a entregarlo.

Aparentemente, en las últimas 24 horas las negociaciones se habían deteriorado y de acuerdo con el agente del FBI, Steve Richardson, las autoridades tuvieron que entrar a las 3pm (hora local) al interior del búnker porque el niño ya "estaba en peligro inminente" y habían visto a Dykes portando un arma de fuego.

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  • Police SWAT teams and hostage negotiators are gathered at standoff and hostage scene in Dale County near Ozark, Ala. on Wednesday Jan. 30, 2013. Authorities were locked in a standoff Wednesday with a gunman authorities say on Tuesday intercepted a school bus, killed the driver, snatched a 6-year-old boy and retreated into a bunker at his home in Alabama. (AP Photo/Montgomery Advertiser, Mickey Welsh) (AP Photo/The Montgomery Advertiser, ) NO SALES

  • Police vehicles are staged near where a gunman has positioned himself below ground with a child hostage, in Midland City, Ala. on Wednesday Jan. 30, 2013. Authorities were locked in a standoff Wednesday with a gunman authorities say on Tuesday intercepted a school bus, killed the driver, snatched a 6-year-old boy and retreated into a bunker at his home in Alabama. (AP Photo/Montgomery Advertiser, Mickey Welsh)

  • Heavily armed men move away from the suspects home at the scene of a Dale County hostage scene in Midland City, Ala. on Wednesday Jan. 30, 2013. Authorities were locked in a standoff Wednesday with a gunman authorities say on Tuesday intercepted a school bus, killed the driver, snatched a 6-year-old boy and retreated into a bunker at his home in Alabama. (AP Photo/Montgomery Advertiser, Mickey Welsh) NO SALES

  • Police SWAT teams and hostage negotiators are gathered at standoff and hostage scene in Dale County near Midland City, Ala. on Wednesday Jan. 30, 2013. Authorities were locked in a standoff Wednesday with a gunman authorities say on Tuesday intercepted a school bus, killed the driver, snatched a 6-year-old boy and retreated into a bunker at his home in Alabama. (AP Photo/Montgomery Advertiser, Mickey Welsh) (AP Photo/The Montgomery Advertiser, Mickey Welsh)

  • Police SWAT teams and hostage negotiators are gathered at standoff and hostage scene in Dale County near Midland City, Ala. on Wednesday Jan. 30, 2013. Authorities were locked in a standoff Wednesday with a gunman authorities say on Tuesday intercepted a school bus, killed the driver, snatched a 6-year-old boy and retreated into a bunker at his home in Alabama. (AP Photo/Montgomery Advertiser, Mickey Welsh)

  • In this Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 photo, media outlets those from around the state of Alabama broadcast while covering the ongoing hostage crisis, in Midland City Ala. Police, SWAT teams and negotiators were at a rural property where a man was believed to be holed up in a homemade bunker Wednesday after fatally shooting the driver of a school bus and fleeing with a 6-year-old child passenger, authorities said. (AP Photo/Dothan Eagle, Jay Hare)

  • BUS SHOOTING

    Law enforcement personnel load provisions into a bus during the third day of a hostage crisis involving a 5-year-old boy, in Midland City, Ala, Thursday, Jan 31, 2013. A standoff in rural Alabama went into a second full day Thursday as police surrounded an underground bunker where a retired truck driver was holding a 5-year-old hostage he grabbed off a school bus after shooting the driver dead. The bus driver, Charles Albert Poland Jr., 66, was hailed by locals as a hero who gave his life to protect the 21 students aboard the bus. (AP Photo/The Dothan Eagle, Jay Hare)

  • Law officers stand beside the Alabama State trooper mobile command post at the Dale County hostage scene in Midland City, Ala. on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. A gunman holed up in a bunker with a 6-year-old hostage has kept law officers at bay since the standoff began when he killed a school bus driver and dragged the boy away, authorities said. (AP Photo/Montgomery Advertiser, Mickey Welsh)

  • Alabama state trooper Kevin Cook, center, speaks to media, 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/al.com, Joe Songer) MAGS OUT.

  • Jimmy Lee Dykes

    This photograph released by the Alabama Department of Public Safety shows Jimmy Lee Dykes, a 65-year-old retired truck driver officials identify as the suspect in a fatal shooting and hostage standoff in Midland City, Ala. (AP Photo/Alabama Department of Public Safety)

  • 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/al.com, Joe Songer) MAGS OUT.

  • MIDLAND CITY PRAYS

    People pay their respects to Charles Albert "Chuck" Poland, the 66 year old bus driver who gave his life to save the children on his bus, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 in Slocumb, Ala. As the police standoff with an Alabama man accused of holding a 5-year-old boy hostage continued Saturday, a nearby community prepared to bury, Poland, the beloved bus driver who was shot to death trying to protect children on his bus when the episode began days earlier (AP Photo/AL.com, Joe Songer) MAGS OUT

  • MIDLAND CITY PRAYS

    Law enforcement personnel wait outside the funeral home as people pay their respects to Charles Albert "Chuck" Poland, the 66 year old bus driver who gave his life to save the children on his bus, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 in Slocumb, Ala. As the police standoff with an Alabama man accused of holding a 5-year-old boy hostage continued Saturday, a nearby community prepared to bury, Poland, the beloved bus driver who was shot to death trying to protect children on his bus when the episode began days earlier (AP Photo/AL.com, Joe Songer) MAGS OUT

  • Shool Bus Driver Shot Vigil

  • Shool Bus Driver Shot Vigil

  • MIDLAND CITY HOSTAGE CRISIS

    The funeral procession of slain bus driver Charles "Chuck" Poland makes its way down Highway 231 in Ozark, Ala., Sunday Over 60 motorcycles and dozens of school buses join the funeral procession. The Ozark Civic Center was packed with mourners for the funeral. Burial for Poland is in Newton Alabama. (AP Photo/AL.com, Joe Songer)

El incidente ocurrió el pasado jueves cuando Lee Dykes abordó un autobús escolar, repleto de niños, mató a tiros al conductor y se llevó al azar a uno de los menores, puntualizó CNN.

Los vecinos de la zona no dieron muchos detalles del atacante, pero lo describen como un hombre tranquilo, que no se veía con problemas y que se había mudado hace un año a la localidad.

Sin embargo, otros vecinos describían a Dykes como un hombre extremadamente solitario que criticaba mucho al gobierno.

El pasado 29 de enero, Dykes abordó el autobús escolar y le demandó al chofer que tomaría dos niños como rehenes. Charles Albert Poland, Jr, el chofer del vehículo, no accedió a la petición y se interpuso entre el atacante y el resto de los niños. Dykes le disparó varios veces al conductor y se llevó al pequeño de cinco años.

"No merecías morir, pero lo hiciste porque sabías que todos estaríamos a salvo", dijo uno de los estudiantes durante los funerales del chofer del autobús, quien es considerado un héroe por su acción.


Dykes vivía en un poblado al norte de Dothan en el extremo sureste del estado. Su casa, a la que se llega por un camino de arcilla, está junto a una carretera al norte de la ciudad capital de Montgomery, a unos 130 kilómetros (80 millas) de distancia.

De acuerdo con la agencia AP, el FBI emitió una declaración este pasado domingo, en la que aclaraban que había una línea comunicación abierta con el secuestrador y que planeaban entregarle artículos adicionales, como medicinas, juguetes y medicamentos. También dijeron que Dykes mantiene al menor lo más cómodo posible.

Documentos del gobierno y entrevistas con vecinos indican que Dykes creció en la zona de Dothan y se alistó en la Marina en Midland City, donde estuvo en servicio activo de 1964 a 1969. Su historial muestra varias condecoraciones, como la Medalla de Servicio Militar en Vietnam y la Medalla de Buena Conducta. Durante su estadía en las fuerza armadas, Dykes se capacitó en mantenimiento de aviones.

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