Suspect in Gateway Hostage Situation Convicted of Carjacking in January

Klein Michael Thaxton has been identified by police as the man holding a hostage at Three Gateway Center.

The 22-year-old man identified as the suspect in Friday's Three Gateway Center hostage situation was convicted earlier this year in Allegheny County for a carjacking.

Klein (also identified as Kleine) Michael Thaxton pleaded guilty in January in Veterans Court to felony counts of robbery and receiving stolen property. 

He also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of simple assault, reckless endangerment, fleeing or attempting to elude an officer. In addition, he pleaded guilty to driving without a license and other summary traffic offenses.

Allegheny County Judge John A. Zottola sentenced Thaxton to spend 6 to 12 months in jail and 3 years probation.

In May, the court issued a bench warrant for Thaxton due to a probation violation.

Police arrested Thaxton in July 2011 after grabbing a woman around midnight at a McKeesport BP gas station, throwing her to the ground and stealing her blue Hyundai Elantra, KDKA reported.

He led police on a lengthy car chase that ended with him jumping from the roof of an auto body shop in Uptown, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

KDKA reported that University of Pittsburgh Police attempted to stop him about 1 a.m., but that he took off and led police on a chase through the Uptown neighborhood..

Thaxton jumped out of the vehicle at the intersection of Gist and Tustin Streets, ran onto the top of the Forbes Auto Body and jumped to the roof of a neighboring property before injuring his ankle and being caught by police, KDKA reported.

Cindy Cusic Micco September 24, 2012 at 04:08 AM
Please focus comments on the story and issues. Specifically, please show respect for those who serve in the military.
Roger September 24, 2012 at 10:27 AM
NE12 ... thank you for the clarification. We know that government benefits to voters is helpful in getting the votes at election time. That you for pointing out the relationship between their benefits and their decision to support Pres Obama.
Ed M September 24, 2012 at 10:55 AM
cc you posted "cc7:28 pm on Saturday, September 22, 2012 An article in another Paper stated that he was suffering from PTSD and has gone to the VA for help but was turned away. " LeonA and I have both asked what paper and you have yet to answer. Either you read it in the paper or not.
Erin Conners September 24, 2012 at 11:05 AM
So Roger, are you against government benefits for veterans or are you mad that Obama is not giving enough? And how about the GOP voting down the Veterans Jobs Corps Act? Despite the fact that the majority of the Senate voted for the Act, they needed 2/3rds and were short 2 votes. All "nay" votes were Republican.
NE12Ukid September 24, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Thank you, Cindy!


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