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U.S. Swimmers Detained at Rio Airport In Connection with Ryan Lochte's Robbery Case

U.S. Swimmers Detained at Rio Airport In Connection with Ryan Lochte's Robbery Case

US swimmers Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger are escorted to police headquarters at the Galeo International airport very early Thursday (August 18) in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

The pair were already on their flight, which was set to depart on Wednesday (August 17), but were pulled from the airplane because more information was needed about an armed robbery case they reported.

Gunnar, Jack, and fellow American swimmers Ryan Lochte and James Feigen claimed they were robbed at gunpoint in Rio over the weekend, but police have reportedly found no evidence to back up the story.

A judge ordered that Ryan‘s passport be seized, but he is already back in the United States.

Patrick Sandusky, United States Olympic Committee spokesperson, told People in a statement, “Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were detained Wednesday night shortly before their flight was scheduled to depart from Rio. They were released by local authorities with the understanding that they would continue their discussions about the incident on Thursday.”

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  • Faith + 1

    This whole thing is completely overblown. I would never go to Brazil.

  • Mimi66

    My brother and sister in law were robbed at gun point and shot at in Brazil!!! I believe it happened!! Would never go there !!!

  • AnaSchaeffer

    You don’t need to come. We don’t need american xenophobic here, because your country it’s so perfect. It doesn’t happen robberies in USA, shootings in schools and churches, police racist killers and terrorism.

  • John Dow

    American citizen lied about being under fire in Iraq robbed at gunpoint in Rio? I’m shocked :)

  • MollyBD

    I guess when one’s in Brazil, one isn’t supposed to venture far from the confines of the hotel. Or travel with bodyguards.

  • MollyBD

    I guess when one’s in Brazil, one isn’t supposed to venture far from the confines of the hotel. Or travel with bodyguards.

  • Faith + 1

    I’m not from America, get your facts straight.