Guy Holds at least One Person Hostage, Liveblogs it on Facebook
A man in Pittsburgh is holding at least one person hostage while negotiating with police and was, until about an hour ago, posting on Facebook. His posts have been highly emotional and poorly spelled, with some directed at his parents, others to his friends.
From the Times:
At around 9 a.m., one status update read: “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
Another said: “i cant take it no more im done bro.”
His posts received may responses. Most are encouraging and religious, from the look of them.
His Facebook page went offline at 1pm, the Associated Press reported, at Police Chief Nate Harper’s request:
The page went offline around 1 p.m., about five hours after Thaxton allegedly entered a benefits administration company’s office with a gun and asked to see the man he took hostage.
The Facebook exchanges had the potential to both help and harm the negotiations, Harper said. It’s helpful that Thaxton can see “that people are concerned about his well-being,” Harper said, but “it is a distraction for negotiating.”
Harper said he asked to have the page shut down because police “really want his full cooperation with the negotiations.”
He’s on the 16th floor at 3 Gateway Center. He’s been up there all morning. His name is Klein Michael Thaxton, he’s 22.
FJP: Taking something offline because it may incite violence reminds us of this other recent debate.