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Brazil: US swimmers' fake 'armed robbery' story angers Rio residents01:54

Brazil: US swimmers' fake 'armed robbery' story angers Rio residents

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro
August 18, 2016 at 21:29 GMT -00:00 · Published

Business continued at a Shell petrol station in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Thursday, despite the site being at the centre of armed robbery allegations made by four US Olympic swimmers, which have since been found to be fabricated.

The revelation that the American swimmers were not held up at gun point came, as they originally claimed, after CCTV footage was released showing Ryan Lochte, Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen entering into an altercation with staff at the petrol station, after the group reportedly damaged the station's restroom. Following a dispute with an armed member of staff, the group later agreed to pay for the damages.

After originally stating that the group had been held up at gunpoint by armed men, Olympic gold medallist Ryan Lochte changed his account of the story several times, alongside the other swimmers, leading a Rio judge to sign a search and seizure warrant for the athletes.

Lochte has since returned to the US, while Conger and Bentz were taken off their flight back the States from Rio on Wednesday for police questioning. Feigen, who is also still in Rio, is reportedly cooperating with the authorities.

Brazil: US swimmers' fake 'armed robbery' story angers Rio residents01:54
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Business continued at a Shell petrol station in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Thursday, despite the site being at the centre of armed robbery allegations made by four US Olympic swimmers, which have since been found to be fabricated.

The revelation that the American swimmers were not held up at gun point came, as they originally claimed, after CCTV footage was released showing Ryan Lochte, Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen entering into an altercation with staff at the petrol station, after the group reportedly damaged the station's restroom. Following a dispute with an armed member of staff, the group later agreed to pay for the damages.

After originally stating that the group had been held up at gunpoint by armed men, Olympic gold medallist Ryan Lochte changed his account of the story several times, alongside the other swimmers, leading a Rio judge to sign a search and seizure warrant for the athletes.

Lochte has since returned to the US, while Conger and Bentz were taken off their flight back the States from Rio on Wednesday for police questioning. Feigen, who is also still in Rio, is reportedly cooperating with the authorities.

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