Reports: U.S. Olympic Swimmer Ryan Lochte Held Up At Gunpoint in Rio
Ryan Lochte Describes How He & Other Swimmers Were Robbed By Fake Cops in Rio
Initial reports on Sunday stated that U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte was held up at gunpoint while at a party last night although the IOC denied such a thing even happen.
USA Today spoke with Lochte’s mother who confirmed the holdup:
“Early Sunday morning, Ryan Lochte was with at least one U.S. teammate in a cab heading to meet up with Brazilian swimmer Thiago Pereira when the cab stopped to get gas, Ileana Lochte said.
She said the group was held up and confronted by people who had guns and knives.
Ileana Lochte said her son had his wallet taken but that was it. He notified her via text message afterward.”
After a few hours, someone finally got in touch with Lochte and he confirmed he was indeed robbed at gunpoint by a few people who claimed they were cops.
USOC spokesperson Patrick Sandusky wrote:
“According to four members of the U.S. Olympic Swimming Team (Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, Jimmy Feigen and Ryan Lochte), they left France House early Sunday morning in a taxi headed to the Olympic Village. 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 authorities.”
“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.”