RIO DE JANEIRO — The following is a timeline of the closed-circuit video obtained from a Rio De Janeiro gas station at the center of a scandal over U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte’s claims that he and three other swimmers were robbed.
Rio police said Thursday that they were not robbed, and instead vandalized a gas station bathroom, and that the camera footage helped prove it. The incident occurred early Sunday morning as the athletes headed back to the Olympic village from a party after the final swimming competition.
6:06 a.m.: A cab carrying one of the swimmers pulls up next to some gas pumps. He gets out. At around the same time, on a different camera, another swimmer can be seen heading down an alley near the gas station bathroom. At one point, one of the swimmers pulls a sign off of a wall in the alley and drops it on the ground.
6:08 a.m.: All four swimmers are seen leaving the alleyway as several gas station workers gather round.
6:09 a.m.: The swimmers get back in the cab. Two uniformed attendants and two other men approach the taxi. One man leans in to speak with the occupants. He walks away and then returns and makes a phone call. Cars come and go and a few customers mull about.
6:12 a.m.: With the one man still on the phone, the four swimmers get back out of the cab and walk toward the workers. One of the athletes pulls something from his pocket and tries to give it to the man on the phone.
6:13 a.m.: The cab pulls out, leaving the swimmers at the gas station with the workers. The swimmers appear again on another camera back near the alley. A worker picks up the damaged sign and carries it away.
6:15 a.m.: The swimmers can be seen sitting on the pavement as a worker behind them walks by to pick up two canisters. After a few minutes, the swimmers exchange words with another man and appear to hand something over to him, and, at 6:17, they walk away. A worker comes by, sweeping, as another walks by again with canisters.