Judge Issues Warrant for Ryan Lochte’s Passport

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A judge in Brazil has issued warrants for Ryan Lochte and one other swimmer who claimed they were robbed at gunpoint. According to a statement given to NBC News, this warrant called for confiscation of the two swimmers’ passports.

However, Ryan Lochte’s attorney Jeff Ostrow told CNN that the athlete has left Brazil and is back in the United States. He said his client, a gold medal winner in the pool in Rio, would not turn himself in if police in Brazil issued a warrant for him.

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Brazilian government officials have seized the passports of three American swimmers, according to a photo shared on Twitter.

The photo appears to show Ryan Lochte, along with three others, at a security checkpoint.

The verified twitter account for “Rádio BandNews FM” tweeted the image along with the caption, “Justice seizes passports of American swimmers who have lied about theft at Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas.”

Earlier this week, Lochte claimed he had been robbed at gunpoint.

Lochte shared his account with NBC saying, “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.”

Rio de Janeiro civil police previously said they opened an investigation a few hours after first learning about the robbery from the media.

So far there has been no official confirmation that the Swimmers’ passports were seized.

A spokesman for the US Olympic Committee said police in Rio did visit the Olympic Village Wednesday with further questions about the robbery claims. “There was no effort to detain anyone, but police did have further questions this a.m.,” United States Olympic Committee spokesman Patrick Sandusky said.

“It is a matter for our consulate and U.S. citizen services and we will continue to cooperate with all involved.”

This is a developing story.

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