Four Athletes MUGGED At Gunpoint As The Games Enter Week Two
Four American swimming gold medallists, including Ryan Lochte, have been robbed at gunpoint.
The incident involved thieves posing as police officers following the end of the competition in the pool.
It happened after a party at France House, Lochte, a 12-time medallist, Gunna Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen had been travelling back to the athletes’ village.
"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," Lochte told NBC. "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."
The United States Olympic Committee released a statement saying ‘’"According to four members of the US Olympic Swimming Team as they left France House early Sunday morning in a taxi headed for 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."
Lochte’s mother told USA Today that they were unharmed in the incident but ‘’I think they're all shaken up. There were a few of them,’’
There was initial confusion about the episode with a spokesman for the International Olympic Committee denying the reports before receiving information suggesting it had.
The Australian team have now been banned from visiting Copacabana and Ipanema beaches to avoid a similar incident.