US Olympic Swimmer Ryan Lochte Robbed At Gunpoint In Rio

Publish Date
Monday, 15 August 2016, 8:07AM
Image: Instagram.com/ryanlochte

Image: Instagram.com/ryanlochte

Ryan Lochte and three other American swimmers were robbed at gunpoint early on Sunday by thieves posing as police officers.

The thieves stopped their taxi and took their money and belongings, the US Olympic Committee said.

In the latest security incident to hit the Rio de Janeiro Games, Lochte told NBC that one of the robbers put a gun to his forehead before taking his wallet and cellphone. No one was injured.

Lochte and his teammates were returning to the athletes village by taxi after a night out at the French Olympic team's hospitality house in the Rodrigo de Freitas area in the upscale south zone of the city. The outing was several hours after Olympic swimming ended Saturday night at the Rio Games.

"Their taxi was stopped by individuals posing as armed police officers who demanded the athletes' money and other personal belongings," USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said in a statement.

"All four athletes are safe and cooperating with authorities."

Read more at nzherald.co.nz