Olympian swimmer Ryan Lochte was robbed at gunpoint in Rio last night by men who were impersonating police officers.
The men stopped their taxi then ordered the swimmers to get on the ground, which Lochte refused to do. “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,’ said Lochte, according to The Guardian.
Lochte said his wallet was taken but not his cell phone or credentials. The Brazilian police are still investigating the incident.
Below is the original story from earlier this morning:
Ryan Lochte’s mother says the Olympic swimmer was robbed at gunpoint – but an Olympics official says it’s not true.
Ileana Lochte told USA Today the swimmer was in a cab with at least one U.S. teammate, when it stopped to get gas. The group was then held up, with suspects wielding guns and knives – though Lochte only got his wallet taken, she told the publication.
Ben Way, a reporter with Fox Sports Australia, also had the story and spoke with Ileana Lochte.
The International Olympic Committee though says the story isn’t true.
A spokesperson told ABC News and ESPN that Ryan Lochte himself and the U.S. Olympic Committee told him it didn’t happen. The AP tweeted it as well.
Lochte’s personal swim coach David Marsh also told USA Today the swimmer was not held up, but he was trying to figure out exactly what did happen.
Crime in Rio de Janeiro has been part of the reporting narrative for months – the Boston Globe said it has one of the highest rates of violent crime in the world.
The New York Times, two days ago, wrote about the “slow-burning war between drug gangs and the nation’s security forces” – gun battles happening in the city’s poor favelas, away from the eyes of Olympic competitors and spectators.
In the lead-up to the games, Bloomberg reported on a 14 percent uptick in muggings in Rio. The publication noted Spanish sailors doing training in May, as well as some Paralympic athletes on site in June, were mugged.
Brazilian troops began doing patrols around the Olympic venues in the weeks ahead of the games, the Guardian reported.
Ryan Lochte by the way is done competing after winning gold as part of the 4x200m relay team last week.