Held Hostage

The school bus boarded by the suspect (courtesy of ABC News)

Yesterday around 3:30 p.m. in Alabama, a man with a gun boarded a school bus, killed the driver and kidnapped a 6-year-old boy. He took the boy to an underground bunker/storm shelter at his home and is currently holding the young student hostage.

Local police began to negotiate with the suspect through a PVC pipe, but the case was recently handed off to the FBI.

According to Michael Senn, a local pastor who spoke with one of the young eyewitnesses, the suspect told most of the children to leave the bus and shot the driver four times when he tried to help. The young boy he eventually kidnapped had fainted, which made him easier for the suspect to grab.

The slain bus driver has been identified as 66-year-old Charles Albert Poland Jr.

During the initial negotiation, authorities realized that the kidnapped boy needed daily medication. Late last night, they were able to send the child’s medicine down the same PVC pipe they were using to communicate with the suspect.

If nothing else, this adds a glimmer of hope that harming the young boy might not be one of the suspect’s goals. Thus far, no one knows what his motive might be.

Mike Creel, the suspect’s neighbor, told police that he has lived in the area for roughly two years and began construction of his “homemade bomb shelter” immediately.

I’m no psychology expert, but to me this sounds like a man suffering from paranoia or some other anti-social issue. Do people in Alabama really need bomb shelters? Storm cellars, I can understand, but this seems a little “out there.”

This story is still developing, but let’s hope things end without further violence or bloodshed. That would certainly be a nice change from everything that’s been happening lately.

Posted on January 31, 2013, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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