UPDATE: Rio Witnesses Say US Swimmers Were Robbed at Gunpoint
Last week four US swimmers made international headlines after they told reporters they were robbed on the way back to Olympic village in Rio.
Brazilian authorities later released video of the alleged robbery.
But they edited the security video they released to the media of the US swimmers at a Rio gas station.
The Brazilians edited out segments of the video.
The missing video allegedly shows the security official pointing a gun at the swimmers.
Trace Gallagher: “A security guard comes up to the car and starts speaking to one of the swimmers. You can see him in the window. He points at the guard he reashes inside the window but then right there after that the video jumps ahead three minutes.”
Via FOX News:
On Thursday Ryan Lochte said he did not lie about the “robbery” incident … and there are 3 minutes of missing surveillance video that will back up most of his story … this according to sources directly connected to the swimmer. Lochte said he was taken out of the taxi at gunpoint. You can see a fellow swimmer raising his hands as he leaves the taxi in the video posted above.
An eyewitness nw says the US swimmers were robbed at gunpoint.
New details are emerging about the night Lochte and his three U.S. swimming teammates Jack Conger, James Feigen and Gunnar Bentz were allegedly robbed at gunpoint.
In an investigation conducted by USA Today Sports, it is evident there was a Portuguese-English language barrier. Fernando Deluz, a bilingual Brazilian witness, explained to the publication that he intervened after one of the Rio guards pulled a gun on the Americans.
“As soon as they drew their weapon, that’s when I got worried,” Deluz explained to USA TODAY Sports. “It was also so fast, and what I wanted was to resolve the situation.”
Deluz, who talked to police days following the incident, added: “If it hadn’t been for wanting to resolve that, if I hadn’t involved myself, I thought – the police chief told me, ‘Man, if you hadn’t gone there in that moment, a tragedy could have occurred.'”
Lochte confirmed his side of the story to NBC recalling that a robber posing as a police officer held a gun to his forehead and demanded money.
Lochte later told PEOPLE he was confused during the incident, and truly thought he was being robbed. “I was going off their body language,” he said. “If we were both speaking the exact same language, we wouldn’t have argued, and things wouldn’t have gotten heated.”
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