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Ryan Lochte among Olympians robbed at gunpoint in Rio

United States swimmer Ryan Lochte was robbed by armed men, Olympics officials said. [Associated Press]

United States swimmer Ryan Lochte was robbed by armed men, Olympics officials said. [Associated Press]

RIO DE JANEIRO — The U.S. Olympic Committee says Ryan Lochte and three other American swimmers were robbed by armed men who stopped their taxi, The Associated Press reports.

USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky says Lochte and the others left the French Olympic team's hospitality house early Sunday in a taxi headed for the athletes village, hours after the last night of Olympic swimming.

He says "the taxi was stopped by individuals posing as armed police officers who demanded the athletes' money and other personal belongings."

Sandusky says the four swimmers are "safe and cooperating with authorities."

Brazilian swimmer Thiago Pereira's representative told The Washington Post's Dom Phillips that Lochte was in the taxi leaving Club France on the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon when the taxi was robbed. Video on O Globo shows Lochte and Pereira at what appears to be a rave.

Flávio Perez said the incident, in which Lochte was unharmed, occurred after a birthday celebration at a Brazilian club.

"Thiago Pereira and his wife Gabriela Pauletti were in Club France, the French house in Brazil, and they were celebrating the birthday of a friend in common," said Perez, Pereira's spokesman. "Lochte was also in the same place, commemorating the same birthday. Ryan and Thiago are friends. Thiago and his wife left earlier, they left alone, the two of them. Thiago and his wife went back to their hotel. Then Thiago, on finding out what happened, called Ryan. Ryan is well, and Thiago said that the robbery, according to Ryan, was in the taxi. The taxi was robbed."

USA Today and Fox Sports Australia first reported the news, citing Lochte's mother, Ileana Lochte.

"I think they're all shaken up. There were a few of them," Ileana Lochte said. "No, they were just, they just took their wallets and basically that was it."

Lochte swam in two events at the Rio Games, winning gold in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay.

This report contains information from The Associated Press and The Washington Post.

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