Brazil police official: Lochte made up story about robbery

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RIO DE JANEIRO  — A Brazilian police official is telling The Associated Press that American swimmer Ryan Lochte fabricated a story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro.

The official, who has direct knowledge of the investigation, spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about an ongoing probe.

He said that around 6 a.m. on Sunday, Lochte, along with fellow swimmers Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen, stopped at a gas station in Barra da Tijuca, a suburb of Rio where many Olympic venues are located. One of the swimmers tried to open the door of an outside bathroom. It was locked.

A few of the swimmers then pushed on the door and broke it. A security guard appeared and confronted them, the official said.

The official says the guard was armed with a pistol, but he never took it out or pointed it at the swimmers.

According to the official, the gas station manager then arrived. Using a customer to translate, the manager asked the swimmers to pay for the broken door. After a discussion, they did pay him an unknown amount of money and then left.

The official says that swimmers Conger and Bentz, who were pulled off a plane going back to the United States late Wednesday, told police that the robbery story had been fabricated.

4 comments

  • confused

    Way to represent the USA. No wonder people in other countries think we are rude. All you had to do was ask for the key. In many small USA towns the bathroom is locked to prevent idiot spoiled pompous brats from flooding it, breaking fixtures etc. I’m guessing party after events they were drunk, high and feeling full of themselves. Shame on you. And don’t freaking whine about having to pay taxes on your medals. At least it was a busted door. I thought at 1st they’d had their way with a girl and ran.

  • Nigel Gates

    Makes American’s proud. Cowardly scum ran away before being talked to by police, he should be banned from swimming for America again. Considering what the consequences could have been for America, the athletes sent home or deported. Him and his friends thrown in jail. American Olympic committee fined as well as him and his buddies. The Brazilians could have sued the America Olympic committee as well as him and his friends, the next host of the Olympics could make life very difficult for American athletes now they know what they might have happening. This guys brain must be so far up his ass I’d be surprised he could swim if it wasn’t such a small thing.

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