News from Olympics: US Olympic swimmers under doubt of being robbed

19:29 Aug. 18, 2016

US Olympic swimmers under doubt of being robbed

American Olympic swimmers Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger leave the police station at Rio International airport early Thursday Aug. 18, 2016. (AP Photo)

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Brazilian TV aired a video on Thursday of the incident in which four U.S. Olympic swimmers said they were robbed at gunpoint, and it showed them in an argument with staff at a gas station who told them to sit on the ground with their hands in the air.

The video from the station's security cameras appeared to show the swimmers arriving in a taxi and then arousing the suspicion of staff by going into a corridor, out of view of the camera. They try to leave the station but staff stop them.

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Four U.S. Olympic swimmers are said to have caused damage at a gasoline station, later involved in a dispute with guards who asked them to pay for the damage. A different camera shows three of the swimmers sitting on the ground at one point, including one who appeared to be gold medallist Ryan Lochte. He stood up to remonstrate with staff and his teammates pulled him back down. The swimmers say they were robbed at gunpoint on Sunday morning by men impersonating police officers who took their wallets

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A spokesperson for the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) declined to comment. The USOC said earlier on Thursday that three of the swimmers who remain in Brazil would be helping police with their investigation after authorities stopped two of them leaving the country the previous day.

The fourth swimmer, gold medalist Ryan Lochte, returned to the United States on Monday.

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