Stories regarding the incident have been conflicting. At first, outlets reported on a chilling tale of four members of the U.S. swim team being held up at gunpoint at a gas station by Brazilian security guards.
Here's surveillance footage from the gas station of the American swimmers:
Then the story took a swift turn, with many outlets saying Lochte had made the whole thing up. His teammates even parroted the claim that Lochte had lied.
Not only that, but Brazilian authorities backed up the claim that the tale of robbery was a fabrication — upsetting many Americans back home.
Now, the AP has issued this report:
TMZ reports that footage from the gas station incident was edited, with three minutes of crucial video missing which Lochte claims shows he and his teammates getting pulled out of a cab at gunpoint.
U.S. swimmer Jimmy Feigen, who was one of the four teammates involved in the supposed robbery, has “double downed” on his claim that they were indeed held up.
He told SanAntonio.com:
“We were robbed at gunpoint,” he said, denying media reports of a fabricated event. “It sounds like people assume we’re guilty.”
According to CNN, Civil Police Chief Fernando Veloso just gave this update at a police conference:
“In theory, one or all of them might be charged for false communication of a crime and for damaging private assets, the gas station. I'm not saying that they are charged right now because of that. We have to finalize the investigation and in theory that could be the case. This is not really a — this kind of crime will not lead to their arrest.”
So what actually occurred on the night of the robbery? The particulars are still fuzzy. Stay tuned as this story unfolds...