Ryan Lochte Robbed at Gunpoint in Rio
American swimmer, 3 others are held up
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2016 12:27 PM CDT
Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte arrive for the final of the men's 4x200-meter freestyle relay during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.   (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
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(Newser) – American swimmer Ryan Lochte had a brief brush with becoming the late American swimmer Ryan Lochte early Sunday, he tells NBC News, when he and three other swimmers were held up at gunpoint while returning from a party in Rio. Men posing as cops pulled over their taxi, he says. "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."

That turned out to not be the wisest course of action: "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." Per the US Olympic Committee, the other swimmers were Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, and Jimmy Feigen. "All four athletes are safe and cooperating with authorities." Lochte's statement ends some confusion after his mother told USA Today that he was robbed, and the IOC denied the incident happened.