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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Two Russians Held for Sex Club Slayings

FRANKFURT -- German police said Friday that they had arrested six Russians in connection with the killing of six people found strangled in a Frankfurt brothel earlier this week, but they later released four from custody.


Five Russian men and a Russian prostitute who worked at the brothel were arrested Thursday, said the Frankfurt police chief Karlheinz Gemmer. One man and the woman were expected to be remanded in investigative custody.


The Hungarian owners of the brothel, Gabor Bartos, 55, and his wife Ingrid, 48, as well as four prostitutes from the former Soviet Union were found dead in the sex club near Frankfurt's banking area Monday. The prostitutes, ages 18 to 28, were all from St. Petersburg.


The six suspects were found at a refugee shelter in Rettenbach, a Bavarian community about 300 kilometers from Frankfurt, Bavarian police said.


Bartos' watch and an electrical cord that is apparently the murder weapon were found during the arrests, Frankfurt police said. They said robbery may have been the murder motive since cash was missing from the Frankfurt brothel.


German media have speculated that the murders were committed by the Russian mafia because Bartos allegedly encroached on their business of trafficking in young women from East Europe.


(AP, Reuters)