A man lost everything in his business and held a man hostage in a office building for 5 hours. Klein Michael Thaxton, 22, surrendered just before 2 p.m., and the man he took hostage was unhurt, Police Chief Nathan Harper said.
The hostage-taking on the 16th floor of Three Gateway Center prompted an evacuation while Thaxton wrote on Facebook that he had “lost everything” and that people didn’t have to worry about him anymore.
His friends responded by urging him to end the situation peacefully, including one who asked him to think of his mother.
A police spokeswoman identified the hostage as Charles Breitsman, owner of CW Breitsman Associates. The firm runs employee-benefits programs, but it wasn’t immediately clear why he was targeted.
“(Thaxton) is a sick young man and we do need to take measures to see he is taken care of as well,” police spokeswoman Diane Richard said. “We don’t know if he’s related to this company. We don’t know what the tie-in is he has with this individual.”
She said Breitman was able to meet with his family afterward. Nothing should make you lose it to the point where you have to take it out on other people. In our magazine we talk about this every month.