Klein Michael Thaxton
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.
For the first time, we’re hearing from the mother of the suspect in a downtown hostage standoff. Klein Michael Thaxton surrendered after holding a man hostage on the16th floor of Three Gateway Center for more than five hours.
Holding a man at knifepoint for five hours is not the Klein Thaxton who Je’Nauba Lipford-Watts went to high school with and dated for several years. “Klein has always been sweet, funny, outgoing, just a regular person,” she told KDKA-TV.
People returned to work at Three Gateway Center Monday morning for the first time since Friday’s hostage situation.
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.
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.