Police had to block off a downtown Pittsburgh high-rise when a man took an individual hostage and began posting updates about the situation on his Facebook page.
Klein Michael Thaxton, 22, went into the 3 Gateway Center at approximately 8 a.m. Friday morning. Reportedly armed with a gun and explosives, he walked inside the offices of CW Breitsman Associates, a benefits administration firm located on the 16th floor, and took Charles Breitsman, owner of CW Beritsman, hostage.
During the stand-off with police, Thaxton began posting status updates on his Facebook page. Shortly after he took the hostage, he posted: "welln pops youll never have to woryy about me again you'll nevr need to by me anything no need to ever waste ur hard earned money on me. i'll live n jail you dnt want me around anymore thats kool bye...i love u assata sis"
First facebook posting after Klein Michael Thaxton took a man hostage in a downtown Pittsburgh high rise.
A short time later he posted: "this life im livn rite now i dnt want anymore ive lost everything and i aint gettn it back instead of walkn around all broke n shyt while niggas stunt on me n shyt"
Friends began responding to his posts, offering encouragement to the distraught man. One woman said:
"there's always a storm before a blessing baby its never as bad as it seems if u didn't have a purpose n life then u wouldn't b here your mom loves u and I'm sure it'll kill her to lose her baby"
"Aye man I just saw your mom, she's really upset man, think about the people around you that do care about you yo, think about you mom, and what she's going through."
His last post, approximately two hours after the stand off began, said:
"fake mafukaz, thats the shyt i dnt like!"
According to NBC News, Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper asked the public to stop communicating with Thaxton on social network sites while police where trying to negotiate with him.
Facebook post by Thaxton during standoff
Diane Richard, a police spokeswoman, told Mercury News "(Thaxton) is a sick young man and we do need to take measures to see he is taken care of as well. We don't know if he's related to this company. We don't know what the tie-in is he has with this individual."
Shortly before 2 p.m. Thaxton surrendered to police. Breitsman was unhurt.
Thaxton has a criminal record that includes a conviction earlier this year.