A Brazilian judge first ordered that Team USA swimmers Ryan Lochte, who swam collegiately at Florida, and Jimmy Feigen to remain in the country following their alleged mugging. Then, judge Keyla Blanc ordered their passports be seized, the court said in an official statement.
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One problem: Both Lochte’s agent and his father say he’s already returned to the United States.
DEVELOPING — Ryan Lochte's dad: Olympic swimmer back in US ahead of judge's order to stay in Brazil pic.twitter.com/GqpyYSc0Wr
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Lochte and Feigen claim they were robbed at gunpoint after a late-night taxi ride back to the Athletes’ Village. But Blanc believes there are inconsistencies in their stories, and they could be charged with filing a false police report
A U.S. Olympics Committee spokesman confirmed to Reuters that police arrived at the Athletes’ Village on Wednesday, looking to seize the swimmers’ passports. But with the swimming portion of the Rio Games finishing Saturday, neither Lochte nor Feigen were there.
The same USOC spokesman told USA TODAY there were no attempts to arrest or detain anybody.
“There was no effort to detain anyone, but police did have further questions this a.m. It is a matter for our consulate and U.S. citizen services and we will continue to cooperate with all involved,” Patrick Sandusky told USA TODAY Sports.
Blanc reviewed video of the swimmers returning to the Village without any sign of distress, according to the documents obtained by USA TODAY. The timeline offered by the swimmers also does not match with what shows on the video. By their account, they left the France House around 4 a.m., but video does not show them arriving back at the Village until almost 7 a.m., according to the judge.
International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams was the first to deny the swimmers’ charges, saying they were “absolutely not true.” But the USOC later confirmed Lochte’s account, which he first recounted to NBC.
“We got pulled over, in the taxi, and these guys came out with a badge, a police badge, no lights, no nothing just a police badge and they pulled us over. They pulled out their guns, they told the other swimmers to get down on the ground — they got down on the ground. I refused, I was like we didn’t do anything wrong, so — I’m not getting down on the ground.
“And then the guy pulled out his gun, he cocked it, put it to my forehead and he said, ‘Get down,’ and I put my hands up, I was like ‘whatever.’ He took our money, he took my wallet — he left my cell phone, he left my credentials.”