The Standoff is Over

The Alabama standoff that started almost a week ago with the abduction of a 5-year-old boy from a school bus is over.

The suspect in the case has been identified as 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes. Last Tuesday, Dykes boarded a school bus and demanded the driver hand over two children. The bus driver refused and was killed as he tried to allow numerous children to escape. Dykes grabbed a boy, suffering from Asperger’s syndrome and Attention Deficit Disorder, and quickly barricaded himself in an underground bunker.Suspect Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, is a Vietnam War veteran and retired truck driver.

The standoff has ended and Dykes is reportedly dead. The young boy is safe. Information about the negotiations and what finally ended the standoff has not been released yet.

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Born in La Mirada, California, Melissa M. Garcia has lived most of her life in the sometimes gritty, but always entertaining landscape that is Southern California. She graduated from California State University in Long Beach with a degree in English/Literature. Garcia is the author of the Luc Actar crime series (including Falling Angels and Chasing Demons) and the Death Valley Mystery series (Stranger: A Death Valley Mystery). She has also published an e-book collection, Faith Departed: Short Stories of Mystery, Crime, and Despair.

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