Four Olympic swimmers, including Ryan Lochte, were robbed at gunpoint by thieves posing as armed police officers early Sunday morning, according to multiple media reports.
Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen were sharing a taxi at the time of the incident, according to the Los Angeles Times. The US Olympic Committee said they were headed to the Olympic Village. The swimmers were not harmed.
In an interview with NBC Sports, Lochte said:
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. They pulled out their guns, they told the other swimmers to get down on the ground — they got down on the ground.
Lochte, however, didn't cooperate, until the perpetrator pulled out a weapon.
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.
This is yet another in a string of crimes reported by other Olympic athletes, including Belgian judoka Dirk Van Tichelt who had his phone stolen, and two Australian rowing coaches who were robbed at knifepoint.