Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte robbed at gunpoint in Rio

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 12: (BROADCAST - OUT) Swimmer, Ryan Lochte of the United States poses for a photo with his gold medal on the Today show set on Copacabana Beach on August 12, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

RIO DE JANEIRO — The U.S. Olympic Committee says American swimmers Ryan Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigan  were robbed by armed men who stopped their taxi.

USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky says Lochte and the others left the French Olympic team’s hospitality house early Sunday in a taxi headed for the athletes village, hours after the last night of Olympic swimming.

He says “the taxi was stopped by individuals posing as armed police officers who demanded the athletes’ money and other personal belongings.”

Sandusky says the four swimmers are “safe and cooperating with authorities.”

USA Today and Fox Sports Australia first reported the news, citing Lochte’s mother, Ileana Lochte.

Ileana Lochte and his agent did not immediately return phone calls and text messages from The Associated Press.

Lochte swam in two events at the Rio Games, winning gold in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay.