What Did Ryan Lochte's Robbery Report Say? Rio Police Have Issued A Search Warrant
Ryan Lochte might be back on American soil, but Rio police would still like to talk to him. Lochte, a 12-time Olympic medalist in swimming and fellow Olympic swimmer James Feigen went to the Rio police late on Sunday night claiming they were robbed at gunpoint. Apparently, the police were not quite satisfied with the swimmers' testimony and attempted to seize their passports on Wednesday for further questioning. While neither Lochte nor Feigen were made available for questioning, fans are wondering what exactly Ryan Lochte's robbery report said, and why police are seeking him out for further questioning?
There have been reports that Lochte has already returned to the U.S., but the Olympic Committee isn't giving any information away. The Washington Post reported that U.S. Olympic Committee Spokesman Patrick Sandusky gave a statement on Wednesday saying:
The Ryan Lochte story is super weirdhttps://t.co/M0AtWdKKnL— Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) August 17, 2016
The night Lochte was allegedly robbed, he spoke to NBC before giving his testimony to the Brazilian Police Department. He claimed to have been coming back in a taxi with three fellow U.S. swimmers from the French Olympic team's hospitality house around four in the morning when he was robbed.
None of the swimmers approached local authorities about the alleged robbery; according to police officials, officers began an investigation after seeing Lochte's mother describing the robbery to media outlets.
The Rio police have said they did not find evidence to support the claims of the U.S. swimmers, and a Brazilian judge ordered the four swimmers (Gunner Bentz and Jack Conger were with Lochte and Feigen on Sunday night) to remain in Brazil for further questioning. Lochte's attorney Jeff Ostrow told CNN on Wednesday that the swimmer is back in the U.S. and would not be returning to Brazil to answer any more questions.
“We stand by what he provided in that interview and signed off on,” Ostrow said.
Rio Police have said that fake police stops like the one Lochte described are not uncommon, but have not been a problem in the area where his group was reportedly robbed.