Ryan Lochte and three of his Olympic teammates found themselves in a scary situation over the weekend.
While driving back to the Olympic village in Rio de Janeiro in a taxi early Sunday morning, Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen were pulled over by men disguised as police officers.
U.S. Olympic Committee spokesman Patrick Sandusky explained the swimmers were “stopped by individuals posing as armed police officers who demanded the athletes’ money and other personal belongings.”
During an appearance on NBC, Lochte described the terrifying scene that unfolded. “We got pulled over, in the taxi, and these guys came out with a police badge, no lights, no nothing — just a police badge and they pulled us over. They pulled out their guns, they told the other swimmers to get down on the ground — they got down on the ground. I refused, I was like we didn’t do anything wrong, so — I’m not getting down on the ground.”
Lochte continued, “And then the guy pulled out his gun, he cocked it, put it to my forehead and he said, ‘Get down,’ and I put my hands up, I was like ‘whatever.’ He took our money, he took my wallet — he left my cell phone, he left my credentials.”
Lochte and his teammates involved in the incident took to social media to thank friends and family for their support.
The incident is currently under investigation, reports claim.