RIO 2016: Olympic swimmer robbed by "armed police"

FOUR US citizens, including the Gold medal-winning swimmer Ryan Lochte, have been robbed in Rio by people posing as armed police, the US Olympic Committee has said.

Lochte and three other US Olympic swimmers were travelling in a taxi from the French Olympic team's hospitality house to the athletes' village early on Sunday when the their vehicle was stopped by armed men, USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said.

"The taxi was stopped by individuals posing as armed police officers who demanded the athletes money and other personal belongings," he said.

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

The USCO initially denied Lochte had been robbed after news of the incident emerged from his mother, Illeana Lochte.

Ms Lochte told USA Today that her son had been "shaken up" after the group took "their wallets".

The incident took place hours after the last night of Olympic swimming at the Games.

Lochte, 32, swam at two events and winning gold on Wednesday in the 4x200-metre freestyle relay.

The incident is the most high-profile of a string of security incidents at this year's Olympics.

In June, the Australian wheelchair basketball player Liesl Tesch said two armed thieves demanded money and stole her bicycle as she trained in the Brazilian city.

The Australian team then had a laptop and Zika-protective team shirts stolen from their quarters in the Olympic village and Russian former Olympic swimmer, Evgeny Korotyshkin, said he was robbed by gun-toting teenagers while visiting Rio as president of the Moscow swimming association.

Earlier this month, a bus carrying journalists from the basketball venue to the main Olympic park was attacked, with witnesses reporting what sounded like gunshots hitting the vehicle, shattering windows and leaving two people with minor cuts from flying glass.    


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