U.S. Swimmers Ordered to Stay in Rio
A Brazilian judge ordered two U.S. swimmers stay in Brazil, court documents obtained by USA Today reveal. Ryan Lochte and Jimmy Feigen were ordered to stay in Rio three days after they said they were robbed at gunpoint.
Lochte and Fegein, along with two other Olympic athletes, say they were robbed at gunpoint by men impersonating police officers.
Judge Keyla Blank wrote in her filing that there were questions about a time gap between when the swimmers said they left France House and arrived at the athletes’ village. The swimmers said they departed France House at about 4 a.m., while a surveillance video showed they checked back into the athletes village at 6:56 a.m. Such a trip during early morning hours would take 30 to 40 minutes. Blank said that images from the France Club indicate a different time of departure than the one the men say.
The judge ordered the two swimmers’ passports seized and that both men remain in Brazil because investigators need more time to determine whether they are guilty of filing a false police report.
Under Brazilian law, filing a false police report can lead to six months detention or a fine.
She said they did not appear to be physically or psychologically shaken by the alleged crime.
“They arrived with their psychological and physical integrity unshaken,” she wrote, also noting that the swimmers appeared to be joking with each other and did not appear to be upset. She watched surveillance video of the swimmers arriving at the athletes village.
The two Olympians were not available for comment. USOC could not comment on their whereabouts, but Lochte is back in the United States according to his attorney.
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