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US Swimmer Ryan Lochte, 3 Teammates Robbed At Gunpoint In Rio

They were pulled over by men pretending to be police officers
by F. Valencia | Aug 15, 2016
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In the early hours of Sunday, August 14 (Brazil time), US swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte and teammates Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, and Jimmy Feigen were aboard a taxi when they were pulled over by men who were posing as police officers, USA Today reports.

They had just come from the French team's hospitality house and were on their way back to the Olympic Village.


In his interview with NBC News, Lochte related, "We got pulled over, in the taxi, and these guys came out with a badge, a police badge, no lights, no nothing just a police badge and they pulled us over.

"They pulled out their guns, they told the other swimmers to get down on the ground—they got down on the ground. I refused, I was like we didn't do anything wrong, so—I'm not getting down on the ground. And then the guy pulled out his gun, he cocked it, put it to my forehead and he said, 'Get down,' and I put my hands up, I was like 'Whatever.' He took our money, he took my wallet—he left my cellphone, he left my credentials."

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Lochte and his fellow swimmers later reported the robbery to the authorities.

The incident involving Lochte and his teammates is certainly not the first reported in the course of the 2016 Olympics.

BBC News pointed out that last August 5, two Australian rowing coaches were robbed at knifepoint on Ipanema Beach. The day after that, the security coordinator for the Olympics opening ceremony was targeted in attempted robbery as he left the Maracana Stadium. Several reporters have also reported that their rooms were broken into, like TV5's Lia Cruz and Magoo Marjon.

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