American swimmer and gold-medalist Ryan Lochte was robbed at gunpoint on their way back to the Olympic Village after a night out at the French Olympic team’s hospitality house. He was with his three other teammates Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, and Jimmy Feigen. “Their taxi was stopped by individuals posing as armed police officers who demanded the athletes’ money and other personal belongings,” US Olympic Committee spokesman Patrick Sandusky said in a statement.
“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,” Ryan tells 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.”
All four athletes are safe and are cooperating with authorities. Gunnar assured their supporters by tweeting that they are okay. Ryan also posted a note that assured us of their safety and that he’s proud to be representing the U.S. during the games.
We are all safe. Thank you for your love and support.