(CBS News) New details have emerged about Jimmy Lee Dykes, the 65-year-old captor of a 5-year-old boy who was in a standoff with the FBI for nearly a week.
CBS News senior correspondent and former FBI assistant director John Miller said that as the FBI team looked to bring in a "third party intermediary," or TPI, to advance negotiations, it became clear that Dykes had no relationship with his family or neighbors. "They always look for a TPI. As they negotiate, they can bring in a co-worker or a friend, somebody that the hostage-taker likes and respect. Sometimes that can help move things along," Miller explained Wednesday on "CBS This Morning."
"And with Jimmy Lee Dykes, they found there was no TPI," he continued, "...They said, 'he has no friends.' The closest thing he had to a friend was Charlie Poland and that was the bus driver who he killed."
Poland -- who has been hailed as a hero for protecting nearly two dozen other children on the bus -- reportedly delivered a pie to Dykes' house earlier in the day to thank him for helping repair a speed bump on Poland's bus route. However, according to Miller, Poland's gesture did little to stop Dykes from carrying through on a promise to shoot Poland if he did not hand over two children.
The security footage from the bus reveals that the exchange was not fast-moving, as authorities expected it to be, but rather "unfolds over minutes," Miller said. "He comes on the bus and he knows the bus driver...he says, 'I want two children.'"
At that point, Poland opened the emergency exit and told the children to run, allowing them to escape from the bus. However, the eventual hostage, Ethan, was in the front seat, and "he just freezes," Miller said.
"Then for the next few minutes Dykes is saying, 'I'm taking this boy with me,' and Charlie Poland is saying, 'No you're not.'"
"You can tell in the video that the driver is frightened but he stands his ground," Miller added. Several minutes into the exchange, Dykes followed through on his threat to kill Poland for not cooperating and took Ethan to the bunker where they were holed up for several days.
According to Miller, Dykes' primary demand throughout the negotiation was to be on television and be allowed to tell his story, although it was not entirely clear just what that story was.
Authorities do know that he disliked both local and federal government but he did not explicitly reveal the message he was looking to deliver.
Story filed earlier on Wednesday:
MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) - As FBI and police negotiators spent days seeking to coax an Alabama man into freeing a boy held hostage in an underground bunker, the captor was making plans of his own.
FBI special agent Jason Pack said in an email that bomb technicians found two explosive devices Tuesday on the man's property. He said one was inside the bunker and the other in the plastic pipe Jimmy Lee Dykes told officers to use to talk with him.
Pack said Dykes also "reinforced the bunker against any attempted entry by law enforcement." When SWAT agents stormed the bunker Monday to rescue the boy, the FBI says Dykes engaged in a "firefight" before he was killed.
As the FBI released new details, the boy who turns 6 Wednesday was reported doing well.
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