New Zealand Jiu Jitsu Champion Kidnapped In Olympic Games Host City
A New Zealand jiu-jitsu champion claims that he was kidnapped by armed policemen in Rio de Janeiro.
Jason Lee, 27 was abducted by armed men in police uniform and was forced to withdraw $600 from several ATM machines.
Lee was pulled over for driving in a foreign country without a passport and was told he would be arrested if he didn’t pay the police the money.
Lee did not have the money on him, so he was told to follow police to an ATM. After arriving at an overpass and driving down the wrong side of the highway, he was told to switch out of his car and get into an unmarked car with tinted windows. After giving up the money to the armed policemen, he was told not to tell anyone about the incident.
Lee tweeted, “What did you guys get up to yesterday? I got kidnapped. Go Olympics! #Rio2016.”
The New Zealand athlete has been living in Rio for roughly 10 months but is not participating in the Olympic games because jiu-jitsu is not an Olympic sport.