UGA swimmer 1 of 2 Olympians removed from Rio flight

Published: Aug. 18, 2016 at 2:02 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 18, 2016 at 2:13 AM EDT
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RIO, BRAZIL (WTVM) - A UGA swimmer who competed in the Rio Olympics has been detained at the airport by police in Brazil.

Gunnar Bentz, 21, was detained along with his American swimming teammate Jack Conger, 20, at Rio de Janeiro International Airport when they attempted to fly home.

Bentz and Conger were in the group of American swimmers who were allegedly robbed at gunpoint on Sunday along with teammates Ryan Lochte and Jimmy Feigen.

Lochte and three of his teammates said they were robbed at gunpoint in a taxi as they returned to the athletes village from a party, several hours after the last Olympic swimming events were held, the AP reports. Police have found little evidence so far to support their accounts, and say the swimmers were unable to provide key details in police interviews.

During the course of the investigation by Brazilian authorities, inconsistencies have come up in the stories of an armed robbery following a night out.

Lochte told NBC News that the four men were stopped in their taxi by fake cops. The incident happened following the last night of Olympic swimming competitions.

Earlier on Wednesday, Brazilian authorities seized the passports of Lochte and Feigen, but Lochte was already back in the United States.

This is a developing story. Stay tuned for more information.

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