Standoff: Ala. gunman holed up with kidnapped boy
Patricia Smith ran over to the bus and saw the driver slumped over in his seat. Her daughter used another child’s cellphone to call 911.
Another neighbor, Ronda Wilbur, said Dykes beat her 120-pound dog with a lead pipe for coming onto his side of the dirt road. The dog died a week later.
‘‘He said his only regret was he didn’t beat him to death all the way,’’ Wilbur said. ‘‘If a man can kill a dog, and beat it with a lead pipe and brag about it, it’s nothing until it’s going to be people.’’
Dykes had been scheduled to appear in court Wednesday to face a charge of menacing some neighbors as they drove by his house weeks ago. Claudia Davis said he yelled and fired shots at her, her son and her baby grandson over damage Dykes claimed their pickup truck did to a makeshift speed bump in the dirt road. No one was hurt.
‘‘Before this happened, I would see him at several places and he would just stare a hole through me,’’ Davis said. ‘‘On Monday I saw him at a laundromat and he seen me when I was getting in my truck, and he just stared and stared and stared at me.’’
Associated Press writers Bob Johnson in Montgomery and Jay Reeves in Birmingham contributed to this report.