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East TN native works on Alabama Hostage case

6:00 PM, Feb 5, 2013   |    comments
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An East Tennessee native, now working for the FBI, was involved in the rescue of a 5-year-old boy held hostage inside a bunker in Alabama.

Steve Richardson, along with other FBI agents, rescued Ethan Monday following six-day standoff with 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes.

When team entered the bunker, they found Dykes dead and Ethan basically unharmed.

Ethan's grandmother said she's worried the ordeal could stay with him for the rest of his life.

Richardson has provided updates on the rescue and Ethan's condition.

"I can tell you that I've been to the hospital," said Richardson. " I have visited with Ethan, and he is doing fine. He's laughing, joking, playing and eating."

Before his time with the FBI, Richardson served as a TBI special agent from 1991-96.

During his time with TBI, Richardson worked on the Randall Pedigo Case in 1995. The former Knox County medical examiner pled guilty to sex and drug charges involving young men, some of them minors.

Agents confronted Pedigo at his Cherokee Bluff condo. Richardson then shot Pedigo when he aimed his gun at the agents. The district attorney's office dropped the attempted murder charges as part of Pedigo's plea deal.

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