Abductor Holds Ties to Bay County

It turns out Jimmy Lee Dykes, the man who abducted a 5 year old from a bus after killing his bus driver, had ties to Bay County.

Former neighbor Frankie Beverly first heard about the bizarre behavior Dykes' exhibited in Midland City last week after a neighbor called him.

"I didn't think nothing about it, I didn't know he'd dug a bunker and all that stuff," Beverly said, "she said yeah, he was different there."

Different than when Dykes lived near Beverly in a home on Brannon Road just off Highway 231.

"He was a quiet loner," he continued, "he helped out his neighbor at one time, saved her life really."

Beverly says someone was threatening the neighbor with a gun. Dykes reportedly pulled his own gun and ordered the man out of the neighbor's house.

Although Dykes never did anything violent or unusual while living in the area, Beverly says that he and other neighbors believe Dykes suffered from some form of mental illness, possibly due to his service in Vietnam, but they never thought Dykes would be a apart of a shooting, that killed bus driver Charles Poland, and a kidnapping of a 5-year-old boy that led to a 6 day standoff with authorities...and his eventual death.

Dykes had at least 2 run-ins with local law enforcement. He was arrested in 1995 for improper exhibition of a weapon, but the charge was dismissed. In 2000 he was arrested for marijuana possession, but did not serve any time.


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