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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

German Posed as Mailman In Rostov Hostage-Taking

APPolice detaining Schneider after a hostage-taking in Rostov-on-Don.
A German citizen who briefly held his ex-wife and two children hostage in a custody dispute in Rostov-on-Don had dressed up as a mailman, presumably as a disguise to enter his ex-wife's building, prosecutors said Thursday.

The disguise was among the details that emerged Thursday about the hostage drama that played out near the center of the southern city one day earlier.

The man, who was identified by authorities as Gregor Schneider, from Düsseldorf, pushed his way into the apartment on Wednesday, where he threatened the family with a rubber pellet gun resembling a Makarov pistol, the Rostov regional prosecutors office said, Interfax reported.

He stabbed his wife's 18-year-old son from another marriage before releasing him.

Schneider then held the woman, his 6-year-old son and his 15-year-old stepdaughter in the apartment for two hours before police stormed the apartment, Interfax reported.

The storming took 30 seconds, deputy regional police chief Alexander Kravchenko said.

"The children did not see the storming," Kravchenko said. "They were in the kitchen."

Prosecutors in Rostov-on-Don were preparing to press charges of illegal imprisonment against Schneider, Interfax reported.

If charged and convicted, Schneider could face up to five years in prison.