RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) UPDATE-- 3 p.m. Thursday (Aug.18): Even though Brazilian authorities say U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte made up his story about being robbed at gunpoint Sunday morning in Rio de Janeiro -- it turns out that there was, in fact, a confrontation with armed men. Officials now say Lochte and three teammates had to deal with two security guards who pointed guns at them, after the swimmers had damaged a bathroom at a gas station. They say the station manager demanded money to pay for the damage, and that the swimmers handed over some cash.
A Brazilian police official is telling The Associated Press that American swimmer Ryan Lochte fabricated a story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro.
The official, who has direct knowledge of the investigation, spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about an ongoing probe.
He said that around 6 a.m. on Sunday, Lochte, along with fellow swimmers Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen, stopped at a gas station in Barra da Tijuca, a suburb of Rio 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 said.
The official says the guard was armed with a pistol, but he never took it out or pointed it at the swimmers.
According to the official, the gas station manager then arrived. Using a customer to translate, the manager asked the swimmers to pay for the broken door. After a discussion, they did pay him an unknown amount of money and then left.
The official says that swimmers Conger and Bentz, who were pulled off a plane going back to the United States late Wednesday, told police that the robbery story had been fabricated.
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