A Brazilian judge has ordered police to seize the passports of Olympic swimmers Ryan Lochte and Jimmy Feigen as doubts emerge over their account of an alleged robbery.
Police arrived at the Olympic Village to prevent the swimmers from leaving the country, in an attempt to further question them about their testimony, according to The Daily Mail. However, they arrived a little too late as Lochte already flew out of the country and is back in his Florida home. Feigen's whereabouts remain unknown.
Lochte claimed August 14 that he and three other swimmers were taking a taxi home from the French hospitality house when they were robbed.
"[T]heir taxi was stopped by individuals posing as armed police officers who demanded the athletes’ money and other personal belongings," said a U.S. Olympic Committee statement, per USA Today.
The Daily Mail reports that the alleged robber pulled a gun and Lochte forfeited his wallet. But, investigators are now saying that an X-ray machine at the Village proved that the men had all of the belongings they claimed to be stolen.
Not only that, but the athlete's police statements also appear contradictory. While they claim that they picked up the cab from a gas station close to the France House, images from the gas station surveillance camera allegedly show no sign of the athletes whatsoever. Another surveillance image from the Olympic Village shows the four swimmers returning after the alleged robbery smiling and fooling around with each other.
"The more than calm behavior of the athletes straight after the supposed violence, together with other details present in the inquiry, makes me believe that more investigations should be undertaken into the possible false communication of a crime," said the Brazilian public prosecutor in a statement, per the Mail.
The surmounting evidence against the athletes led to authorities issuing a search and seizure warrant for Lochte and Feigen, the only two swimmers to provide testimony.
"The swim team moved out of the village after their competition ended, so we were not able to make the athletes available," U.S. Olympic Committee spokesman Patrick Sandusky said in a statement, per CNN.
He also added that the swimmers will "continue to cooperate with Brazilian authorities."
Lochte and Feigen have yet to comment.