Man holds hostage in Pittsburgh high-rise; posts on Facebook

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Pittsburgh hostage situation

Pittsburgh hostage situation (AP image)

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh’s police chief says authorities are negotiating with an armed man who has taken a hostage in a downtown office building. Police say the man entered the high-rise sometime after 8 a.m. Friday and went up to the 16th floor.

Chief Nate Harper says the man took one hostage inside a business after entering an office suite and asking about a particular person. A witness who works on the 16th floor identified the business as CW Breitsman Associates, a firm that runs employee-benefits programs.

Harper says no shots have been fired and no injuries are reported.

Several hundred people milled around about a half-block from Three Gateway Center, a 24-story building, after police evacuated it.

Pittsburgh hostage-taker posts Facebook updates


PITTSBURGH (AP) – A man who has taken a hostage inside a downtown Pittsburgh high-rise is posting Facebook updates as police try to negotiate the release of the man he’s holding.

Pittsburgh police Chief Nate Harper identified the suspect as 22-year-old Klein Michael Thaxton. On his Facebook page, Thaxton says he’s tired of the life he’s lived and has “lost everything.”

Harper said Thaxton entered the 16th floor office of a benefits administration firm around 8 a.m. Friday asking for the man he eventually took hostage.

Harper says Thaxton has been calm and cooperative but hasn’t made any demands.

Police evacuated the building, Three Gateway Center, and surrounded it along with county, state and federal agents.

No injuries have been reported.

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