Brazilian Police Say Lochte Fabricated Robbery Story

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Ryan Lochte. Photo by Nicole via Flickr

Ryan Lochte. Photo by Nicole via Flickr

A Brazilian police official tells The Associated Press that U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte fabricated a story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro. He said that around 6 a.m. Sunday, Lochte, with fellow swimmers Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen, stopped at a gas station in a suburb of Rio, and one swimmer tried but failed to open the door of a bathroom. Swimmers then pushed on the door and broke it. A security guard appeared and confronted them.

The guard was armed with a pistol, but he never took it out or pointed it at the swimmers. The gas station manager then arrived and asked the swimmers to pay for the broken door. They reportedly paid him an unknown amount of money and then left. The three swimmers still in Brazil (Lochte has departed) planned to meet with Brazilian law enforcement today to discuss the case. NBC reported that Lochte backed off some of his earlier claims about the robbery. He now says the taxi wasn’t pulled over by men with a badge, but that they were robbed after stopping at a gas station. Lochte also said the assailant pointed a gun at him rather than putting it to his head. “Why would anybody fabricate anything?” said Ryan Lochte’s father, Steve. “It’s just ridiculous.”

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