PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
Tuesday, February 5, 2013

5-Year-Old Alabama Hostage Freed In Raid

An image via ABC News of Ethan, the 5-year-old boy who was held hostage in a nearly week-long standoff in Alabama. (ABC News)

An image via ABC News of Ethan, the 5-year-old boy held hostage in a nearly week-long standoff in Alabama. (ABC News)

Questions are being asked about the raid last night that freed the 5-year-old boy who’d been held hostage for nearly a week in an underground bunker in southern Alabama.

Law enforcement officials aren’t saying how the boy’s captor, 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes, died in the raid.

It is known that military equipment had been brought in, and a small camera was reportedly lowered into the bunker, allowing SWAT teams to see how to burst in and save the boy.

WBHM reporter Dan Carson told Here & Now that while authorities have not explicitly said that Dykes was shot and killed by the agents who stormed the underground bunker, most people close to the situation believe that’s what happened.

“There are two reasons that authorities gave for being so tight-lipped all along. One was they didn’t want to antagonize a man who was clearly unstable and dangerous and holding a little boy. And the other is they’ve got an eye toward future similar situations, so they’re being very protective over their sources and methods,” WBHM reporter Dan Carson told Here & Now.

Guest:


Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

July 30 32 Comments

Oxford Conservationist Talks About 7 Years Of Tracking Cecil

The 13-year-old lion was not only a tourist favorite, but also, a research animal. The beloved lion was being studied by the Oxford University Conservation Unit.

July 30 23 Comments

NAACP To Begin 860-Mile ‘Journey For Justice’ March

The march, which will travel from Selma, Ala. to Washington, seeks to highlight vulnerable communities subject to regressive voting rights.

July 29 2 Comments

Garden-Inspired Cooking With Kathy Gunst

We visit our resident chef's garden in Maine, make gazpacho and get a recipe for a plum tart with hazelnut crust.

July 29 623 Comments

Two Sides Of The GMO Debate

We moderate a debate over a bill that would bar states from forcing food manufacturers to label genetically modified foods.