Us Weekly investigated the Rio gas station where Ryan Lochte and three Olympic teammates say they were robbed at gunpoint on Sunday, August 14, with a visit to the location on Thursday, August 18.
Earlier this week, after Lochte, 32, alleged that he and his three teammates were confronted by a group of men posing as police officers, Brazilian authorities countered that there was more to the story and claimed the swimmers had vandalized the gas station.
“They peed outside, either on the wall or the grassy area outside of the bathroom,” a source at the gas station alleged, not specifying how many of the men engaged in the behavior. The source claims the four men also damaged a poster on the wall outside the gas station’s food store and paid for that damage.
Earlier this week, it was reported that Lochte and the three other swimmers — Jimmy Feigen, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger — were threatened with weapons and had their wallets and property stolen from them.
Shortly after the claims were made public, however, authorities in Brazil expressed doubt about the athletes’ telling of the incident. A Brazilian police source told ABC News on Thursday, August 18, that “one of the swimmers was seen on CCTV footage breaking down the door to the bathroom at the gas station and fighting with a security guard.”
Signs at the gas station — on the bathroom door and on a wall inside — appear to simply tell customers that the bathroom is not serviceable.
The bathroom was not in terrible condition as far as gas station bathrooms go, our reporter noted, adding that it was “not absurdly damaged.”
Both Bentz, 20, and Conger, 21, were removed from their U.S.-bound flights on Wednesday, August 17, and judges called for Feigen, 26, and Lochte to stay in the country. Feigen was detained, but by that point, Lochte was already back in the U.S.
“This is a crime to the country of Brazil because false accusation of a crime is a crime,” a police officer at the gas station told Us through a translator. “I don’t think the swimmers will be detained here because while this is a crime, it’s [the] kind of crime you can just pay a fine for. I do not think Ryan Lochte needs to come back to Brazil.”
Both Lochte and Feigen have maintained their innocence and stuck to their story. In a Thursday, August 18, interview with the San Antonio Express, Feigen stood by the robbery claims.
“We were robbed at gunpoint,” he said. “It sounds like people assume we’re guilty. The swimmer also noted that he would release a statement about the situation.
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