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Neighbor refers to Midland City kidnapper as a "psychopath"

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"I hope they get you and I hope you live the rest of your life in prison and you never see the day of light again," James Davis said.

Davis has a message for his neighbor, Jimmy Lee Dykes.

"You're going to pay for what you did to this little boy and that bus driver," he said.

Davis says it was Dykes who shot and killed a Dale County bus driver and took a kindergartner, Ethan Gilliam, hostage. The two are currently spending their third day inside a bunker.

Davis says the bunker is 15 feet by 15 feet, about 12 feet down and is lined with red brick and has cinder block steps. It also has electricity and a television. Davis says Dykes once told him it was a storm shelter.

The two have lived about a mile apart from each other for the past year-and-a-half.

"He's a psychopath," Davis said. "[He's] an old Army vet, he believes in aliens and all kinds of stuff. He believes the government's after him."

He also doesn't get along with neighbors.

Davis says in December Dykes pulled a gun on him and his six-month-old daughter.

"When I raised my voice, Mr. Dykes took off running to his van, pulled a pistol...I took off [and] he fired twice," Davis said.

"If he has a heart at all, he'll let this kid go," Midland City Mayor, Virgil Skipper said.

Skipper hoped this would have came to an end by now. He says all people can do is pray and hope for a peaceful resolution.

"That's an innocent kid," he said. "Let him go back to his parents. He's crying for his parents and his grandparents."

Davis says he can't imagine the circumstances that Gilliam is now living in.

"I know he's crying," Davis said. "He wants his family...it's just a mess."

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