CNN reports that Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte along with swimmers Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen were in a taxi on the way to the Olympic Village when the vehicle was stopped by individuals who posed as armed police officers. The report further stated that the suspects demanded that the athletes lie down on the floor, and when Lochte initially refused to comply, they held a gun to his head. They then stole money and other personal belongings from the athletes.
The Rio de Janeiro civil police have reportedly opened an investigation case.
Lochte has released a statement on Instagram confirming that he and his teammates were victims of a robbery and that they were left safe and unharmed. He thanked his friends, family and fans for the support he had received following the incident. He further confirmed that he had his eye set on the 2020 Olympic Games.
Swimmer Gunnar Bentz also tweeted:
We are all safe. Thank you for your love and support.
— Gunnar Bentz (@TheGunnyBunny) August 14, 2016