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By Lochte's account, the four were returning from a party at the France House early Sunday morning when their taxi was pulled over by men with with police badges who had no official police markings on their car:
"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.”
Even his mom spoke out about what happened, saying he and his teammates' cab driver stopped to fill up his tank when people with “guns and knives” confronted the pair, taking his wallet.
Lochte's coach, David Marsh, has since said reports of him being held up are “absolutely not true,” and police investigating the incident tell the Associated Press they can't seem to find the taxi driver or any witnesses.
According to the New York Post, Lochte and his teammates were “unable to provide key details in police interviews,” such as the color of the taxi and the time it all went down. The four men apparently didn't call police after the alleged incident. Law enforcement didn't even start investigating until after the story made headlines.
But Lochte told USA Today Sports on Tuesday that the athletes didn't report the incident to the United States Olympic Committee because they feared “getting in trouble.”
And now, it seems his fears may have been justified. NBC reports that a Brazilian judge issued an order to seize Lochte's and teammate James Feigen's passports as officials continue investigating their claims.
While Lochte was already back in the U.S. when the order was issued, Feigen is still at a hotel in Brazil.
Lochte's attorney, Jeff Ostrow, has since disputed reports that aim to discredit Lochte's story, saying there's “no question” it happened:
“This happened the way he described it.”
It seems as though, despite reports of other crimes occurring in Rio, not many people believe his Lochte's story:
But others cite Rio's recent crimes as a reason to believe him:
The alleged armed robbery is just one of the many crimes reported by Olympics attendees, including Olympics security chief Felipe Seixas, who was attacked by four knife-wielding men when walking to his car after the opening ceremony, according to The Mirror.