Rio Judge Orders Seizure of Ryan Lochte's Passport

But the swimmer is already back in the US
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 17, 2016 10:54 AM CDT
Rio Judge Orders Seizure of Ryan Lochte's Passport
United States' Ryan Lochte checks his time in a men's 4x200-meter freestyle heat.   (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

A weird development in the investigation of the alleged robbery of Ryan Lochte and three others US swimmers in Rio: A judge there on Wednesday ordered the passports of Lochte and fellow swimmer James Feigen seized, reports the AP. The judge apparently is skeptical that the robbery actually took place and wants to question the pair over inconsistencies in their stories, including the number of robbers involved, reports TMZ. One problem: Lochte is already back in the US, says his lawyer, though the whereabouts of Feigen are unclear.

"There was no effort to detain anyone, but police did have further questions this a.m.," a US Olympic Committee spokesman tells CNN, following a visit by Brazilian police to Olympic Village. "It is a matter for our consulate and US Citizen Services, and we will continue to cooperate with all involved." (Read more Ryan Lochte stories.)

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