PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh police say a mentally ill man accused of holding a businessman hostage for five hours apparently picked his victim at random after escaping from a halfway house and that he threatened his victim with a kitchen knife.
Police say 22-year-old Klein Michael Thaxton gave himself up after posting Facebook updates in the early hours of Friday's standoff saying he had "lost everything." The hostage was unhurt.
Police chief Nathan Harper says Thaxton rode his bike from a halfway house and arrived at the high-rise around 7 a.m.
Harper says Thaxton will be charged with kidnapping, terroristic threats and aggravated assault for holding the owner of a benefits-administration firm at knifepoint for roughly six hours. Police say Thaxton also had a hammer.
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