Thursday, March 14, 2013
The man who claimed he had taken a woman hostage in his Collier Township residence, prompting a massive police response last December, is going to trial on numerous reckless endangerment charges.
The man who claimed he had taken a woman hostage in his Collier Township residence, prompting a massive police response last December, is going to trial on numerous reckless endangerment charges. Investigators said Ronald Harrison, 34, called 911 in the early hours of Dec. 23 to say he had a hostage at his apartment on Dog Leg Drive near Nevillewood. That brought police officers from Collier, Heidelberg, Scott and the Allegheny County SWAT team. Police said the man told dispatchers he had a handgun and officers apparently heard a gunshot when they arrived. Police said they found a handgun in the bedroom and numerous rounds of ammunition. Harrison waived to court four charges of reckless endangerment and one count of false reports to police…
Friday, September 21, 2012
The nearly six-hour hostage standoff at Three Gateway Center in Pittsburgh has ended peacefully. The hostage is safe and suspect in police custody.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Mike Jones
Friday, September 21, 2012
PITTSBURGH–Police say the nearly six-hour hostage situation at Three Gateway Center in downtown Pittsburgh has ended peacefully. Police Chief Nate Harper said the hostage is safe and the suspect, Klein Michael Thaxton, surrendered shortly before 2 p.m. Friday without incident. The 22-year-old man walked into the office building at 8:16 a.m. Friday and went into one of the inner suites on the 16th floor with what he claimed was a bomb and a gun, Harper said. Police said Thaxton allegedly took a hostage at CW Breitsman Associates, which is a pension and investments firm located on the floor. WPXI-TV identified the hostage as Charles Breitsman. Harper said Thaxton held the man hostage inside the inner office that holds the investment firm. …
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Man with foreign accent called police to report he was holding hostages.
Investigators are searching for the person who phoned emergency disaptchers today and claimed he had explosives and was holding multiple hostages in a Green Tree home. Whether the call that lured several local police departments, the county bomb squad and a hostage negotiator to 1118 Greentree Road was a hoax is still unclear, Green Tree police Chief Andrew Lisiecki said. “We have no clue,” Lisiecki said. He said police are working to track down what may have been a prank call from an untraceable line to local law enforcement officials. A man with a foreign accent called the Pittsburgh Police Zone 5 station at about 11:30 a.m. and said he had multiple hostages and explosives inside the residence, Lisiecki said. An Allegheny County bomb …