Gateway Center Hostage Situation
The man charged with holding a business owner hostage inside Three Gateway Center in Downtown Pittsburgh is facing new charges after the alleged assault of another inmate at the Allegheny County Jail.
The man who allegedly held a local businessman at knife point was in court on Wednesday.
People returned to work at Three Gateway Center Monday morning for the first time since Friday’s hostage situation.
Rob Pratte talked to Commander Scott Schubert, Officer Matt Lackner and Lt. Jason Lando of the Tactical Negotiating Team that took control of the situation that held a grip on downtown and shut down the Gateway Center plaza for several hours Friday.
For people coming to work downtown, it began like any other weekday morning. It was Friday and Pittsburghers were anticipating the weekend. But things changed abruptly when numerous law enforcement officials surrounded building three of the Gateway Center plaza in the heart of downtown.
His day started as what’s described as a ¾ house in Beechview, but it ended at the Allegheny County Jail. Klein James Thaxton, 22, is accused of taking a hostage and paralyzing part of Pittsburgh.
New details are coming out about the hostage situation that unfolded in Gateway Three in Downtown Pittsburgh Friday. Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper says the suspect, 22-year-old Klein Thaxton, began his journey at 3 a.m. He is a resident of a three-quarter house in the Beechview area.
Shortly after Klein Michael Thaxton took his hostage, he used his victim’s iPhone and computer to turn to Facebook, posting, “i cant take it no more im done bro — how this ends is up to yall bro.”
Charlie Breitsman lives in Ligonier and is very well-known in Westmoreland County. KDKA-TV talked to two Ligonier businessmen who have been friends with Breitsman and his family for decades.
More and more stories are coming out about what it was like inside the Gateway Three building as word spread about the hostage situation.
A 22-year-old man is in police custody and another man is safe following a more than five hour hostage situation at Gateway Center in Downtown Pittsburgh.