Rio de Janeiro (CNN)[Breaking news update, posted at 3:39 p.m. ET]
Civil Police chief Fernando Veloso said at a press conference about four American swimmers: “In theory, one or all of them might be charged for false communication of a crime and for damaging private assets, the gas station. I’m not saying that they are charged right now because of that. We have to finalize the investigation and in theory that could be the case. This is not really a — this kind of crime will not lead to their arrest.”
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Four American swimmers who claimed that they were robbed in Rio de Janeiro should apologize to residents, Brazilian police said.[Breaking news update, posted at 3:30 p.m. ET]
U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte was confrontational with security guards after they stopped him and three other American swimmers from vandalizing a gas station because he was “very angry because he was intoxicated,” said Fernando Veloso, chief of civil police in Rio de Janeiro.
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A firearm was pointed at the American swimmers by one of the security guards at a vandalized gas station in order to control one of them, Brazilian police said. It is not being deemed an excessive use of force.
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One of the American Olympic swimmers confirmed the account that the surveillance video showed that the swimmers — Ryan Lochte, Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and James Feigen — were committing acts of vandalism at a gas station when confronted by security guards, Brazilian police said.[Breaking news update, posted at 3:20 p.m. ET]
Civil police in Rio de Janeiro say that American Olympic swimmer James Feigen has not been interviewed. Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger are giving their statements to police now.[Breaking news update, posted at 3:15 p.m. ET]
Surveillance videos show that there was no violence or robbery committed against the four American Olympic swimmers who Brazilian police say vandalized a Rio gas station.
[Breaking news update, posted at 3:10 p.m. ET] Civil Police chief Fernando Veloso says “there was no robbery” in Rio de Janeiro the way the US swimmers have described. One or more of the four vandalized a gas station, said Veloso.
Four US Olympic swimmers facing scrutiny after they reported being robbed in Rio de Janeiro allegedly vandalized a gas station on the morning in question, according to Brazilian media and a police source.
Brazil’s Globo media group has released footage that shows US swimmers Ryan Lochte, James Feigen, Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz at the gas station in Rio’s Barra da Tijuca neighborhood early Sunday when the athletes said they were robbed at gunpoint by men in police uniforms.
The footage shows a man in the act of urinating in a side alley at the gas station and being confronted by gas station staff.
Daily newspaper O Globo cited the station’s owner as saying the athletes had thrown stones at the business and torn one of its signs before urinating in the street.