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US Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte was mugged at gunpoint in Rio

The United States team from left, Conor Dwyer, Ryan Lochte, Townley Haas and Michael Phelps celebrate with their gold medals after the men's 4x200-meter freestyle relay during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
AP Photo/Matt Slocum
A happier moment for Lochte (second from the left), Phelps, and the other members of the US swimming team.
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Swimmer Ryan Lochte, a 12-time Olympic medalist, was robbed at gunpoint in Rio while in a taxi today (Aug. 14), according to the Washington Post.

Lochte, who was in a cab with three other members of the US swim team heading to the Olympic village, was stopped by a group who were posing as police officers. The robbers demanded money and personal items from the athletes, according to USA Today.

Iliana Lochte, the swimmer’s mother, told the newspaper that Ryan Lochte had his wallet stolen and text messaged her about the incident afterward. “I think they’re all shaken up. There were a few of them,” she added. ”No, they were just, they just took their wallets and basically that was it.”

Lochte had competed in swimming events last week, and was part of the the US team’s gold medal-winning 4×200-meter freestyle relay team that also included Michael Phelps. Lochte had completed his Olympic events, and was reportedly returning with his teammates from a rave, according to the Post.

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