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Hostage-taker posts to Facebook, page pulled

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Posted: Sep 21, 2012 12:45 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Hostage-taker, Facebook, hostage, Pittsburgh, Klein Michael Thaxton, Three Gateway Center, WBRZ

PITTSBURGH - Facebook has shut down the profile page of a man police say took a hostage inside a downtown Pittsburgh high-rise and posted updates as authorities tried to negotiate with him.

The profile page for 22-year-old Klein Michael Thaxton was shut down around 1 p.m. Friday, about five hours after police say he entered a 16th floor office at Three Gateway Center and took a man hostage.

Thaxton's posts included one saying he'd "lost everything" and that people would never have to worry about him again.

Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper says Thaxton has been calm and cooperative but made no demands. Friends of Thaxton used his page to urge him to end the situation peacefully.

Harper says the hostage works at a benefits administration company but they don't know why he was targeted.

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