The U.S. Olympics Committee spokesman Patrick Sandusky said in a statement that Lochte and teammates Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen were leaving the French Olympic team’s hospitality house in a taxi going to the athletes village early Sunday, hours after the last night of Olympic swimming.
The taxi was “stopped by individuals posing as armed police officers who demanded the athletes’ money and other personal belongings,” Sandusky said. He told the Associated Press that the robbers took cash and credit cards only, and that no Olympic medals were stolen.
The four swimmers are “safe and cooperating with the authorities,” Sandusky said.
In an interview with NBC News, Lochte said he and the other swimmers were robbed at gunpoint.
“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,” Lochte said. “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.”
Lochte continued saying, “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.”