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U.S. Swimmer Ryan Lochte Robbed at Gunpoint in Rio

Aug 15, 2016  •  Post A Comment

“Four U.S. swimmers, including Ryan Lochte, were robbed in Rio on Saturday night, the U.S. Olympic Committee said Sunday morning,” rep0rts the Chicago Tribune.

The story continues, “‘According to four members of the U.S. Olympic Swimming Team (Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, Jimmy Feigan and Ryan Lochte), they left France House early Sunday morning in a taxi headed for the Olympic Village,’ USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said in a statement.  ‘Their taxi was stopped by individuals posing as armed police officers who demanded the athletes’ money and other personal belongings. All four athletes are safe and cooperating with officials.’”

Lochte is quoted in the story as telling NBC, “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 cell phone, he left my credentials.”


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