The International Olympic Committee has denied a report that Ryan Lochte and three other USA swimmers were robbed at gunpoint early Sunday morning, and apparently the police in Rio have found little evidence to support the claim as well.
According to Associated Press, local police say the swimmers have been unable to provide key details in police interviews, and that police officials have been unable to find the swimmer’s taxi driver or witnesses. The group did not call the police following the incident, according to the AP, and officers didn’t begin investigating until Lochte’s mother spoke about the robbery.
Lochte and teammates, Gunnar Bentz (UGA swimmer), Jack Conger and Feigen, were reportedly returning from a night out in the French Olympic team’s hospitality house, but could not remember the color of taxi, where the robbery took place, or the time of the incident because they had been intoxicated.
The former Florida swimmer discussed the robbery on the Today show, saying the group got pulled over and the individuals came out of the car with a police badge, but no other police equipment. Per Lochte, they pulled out guns and told the swimmers to get on the ground before taking Lochte’s money and wallet.
According to the AP, these stops happen but are not frequent and “Rio police commonly struggle to obtain key information while investigating street crimes in Brazil as they encounter dozens of robberies a day in the violence-ridden city and lack the resources”.
Per the report, Lochte has hired a 24-hour security guide and has not been leaving his hotel.