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, August 7, 2012
Frank Perez Jr. shot at police during a three-hour standoff last October.
An international fugitive who shot at police and surrendered after a three-hour standoff on Center Avenue in Verona last October was sentenced Tuesday. Frank Perez, Jr., 31, of Verona has been sentenced in federal court to 15 years in prison, five years supervised release, $64,266 restitution and forfeiture of four firearms on his conviction of assaulting federal officers and violations of federal firearm laws. United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer imposed the sentence on Perez. According to information presented to the court, on Oct. 4, 2011, Perez forcibly assaulted, resisted, opposed, impeded and interfered with Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, through the use of three firearms, while the agents were …
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Frank Perez Jr. will be sentenced on Aug. 7.
An international fugitive who shot at police and surrendered after a three-hour standoff on Center Avenue in Verona in October has pleaded guilty to charges of assaulting federal officers and violations of federal firearm laws on Wednesday. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Frank Perez Jr., 31, disagreed with the government's description of the standoff, but agreed he committed the crimes. He also told U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer that he believed FBI agents fired at him before he did. Perez was wanted on murder charges in Indiana and kidnapping charges in Mexico. When FBI agents caught wind that he had been living in Verona for a few months, their arrest attempts led to the October standoff. According to a Department …
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
The Associated Press reports Frank Perez Jr. was ordered held without bond until Friday morning after government lawyers argued he was both a flight risk and a danger to the community. His initial appearance in federal court occurred Wednesday afternoon.
Frank Perez Jr., who is wanted on murder charges in Indiana and kidnapping charges in Mexico, is in custody after an afternoon standoff in Verona on Tuesday.
An international fugitive who shot at police and surrendered after a three-hour standoff in Verona yesterday will appear in federal court today. Frank Perez Jr., 30, who is wanted on murder charges in Indiana and kidnapping charges in Mexico, will have an initial appearance at the Pittsburgh Courthouse before Magistrate Judge Robert Mitchell at 1:15 p.m. this afternoon. Perez is wanted for a 1999 murder that occurred in Lake County, Indiana and a kidnapping in Mexico. He also is accused of being involved with a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration investigation. Perez is said to have been living in Verona with his girlfriend and a child for two months. Several residents who watched the standoff unfold on Tuesday afternoon mentioned seeing …
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Police, SWAT team, FBI and emergency personnel have been on scene on Center Avenue in Verona as they tried to detain the homicide suspect.
Pittsburgh police have confirmed that Frank Perez Jr., who is wanted on murder charges in Indiana and kidnapping charges in Mexico, is in custody after an afternoon standoff in Verona. Law enforcement officials led Perez from an apartment building in Verona after a standoff with SWAT, FBI and police. Perez was wearing a white shirt and was in handcuffs as he was escorted from the building shortly after 5:30 p.m. Center Avenue in Verona in between Allegheny River Boulevard and Athletic Street has been closed off as police, FBI and SWAT officials tried to detain a Perez. Officials are now conducting a sweep of the building to make sure there are no bombs or other weapons. South Avenue is also blocked off and residents in the area of the …