RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The U.S. Olympic Committee says Ryan Lochte and three other American swimmers were robbed by armed men who stopped their taxi.
USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky says Lochte and the others left the French Olympic team’s hospitality house early Sunday in a taxi headed for the athletes’ village, hours after the last night of Olympic swimming.
He says, “The taxi was stopped by individuals posing as armed police officers who demanded the athletes’ money and other personal belongings.”
Lochte confirmed to NBC News that he was held at gunpoint.
“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,’ ” said Lochte. “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.”
Sandusky says the four swimmers are “safe and cooperating with authorities.”
Ileana Lochte and the swimmer’s agent did not immediately return phone calls and text messages from the Associated Press.
Lochte swam in two events at the Rio Games, winning gold in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay.