Brazilian police say American swimmer Ryan Lochte and several teammates lied about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro and that they were questioned by armed guards after drunkenly vandalizing a gas station bathroom, the Associated Press is reporting.
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"No robbery was committed against these athletes. They were not victims of the crimes they claimed," Civil Police Chief Fernando Veloso said during an afternoon news conference.
According to Brazilian police, Lochte, along with fellow swimmers Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen, stopped at a gas station at about 6 p.m. Sunday in Barra da Tijuca, a suburb of Rio de Janeiro where many Olympic venues are located. One of the swimmers tried to open the door of an outside bathroom. It was locked.
A few of the swimmers then pushed on the door and broke it. A security guard appeared and confronted them, the official told the AP.
The official said the security guard was armed with a pistol, but he never took it out or pointed it at the swimmers. The official told the AP that the gas station manager then arrived. The manager used a customer to translate and asked the swimmers to pay for the broken door. After a discussion, the swimmers paid the manager an unknown amount of money and left.
Closed-circuit security video shows the swimmers breaking a door and other items in the bathroom, the AP reported.
The official official said Conger and Bentz, who were pulled off a plane going back to the U.S. late Wednesday, told police that the robbery story had been fabricated.
If the story fabrication is substantiated, the swimmers could face probation, suspension, a fine or expulsion by USA Swimming.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.