RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – The father of American swimmer Ryan Lochte says his gold medal-winning son arrived back in the United States before a Brazilian judge ordered that Lochte and swimming teammate Jimmy Feigen stay in Brazil as authorities investigate their claim they were robbed during the Olympics.
Steve Lochte told The Associated Press on Wednesday by phone from his Florida home that his son called him Tuesday after arriving in the United States.
The office of Judge Keyla Blank confirmed the order to seize the passports of Lochte and Feigan in a Wednesday statement.
Lochte and three of his teammates say they were robbed at gunpoint in a taxi Sunday morning as they returned to the athletes village from a party, several hours after the last Olympic swimming events were held.
Police have found little evidence so far to support their accounts. Lochte’s attorney, Jeff Ostrow, has said there is no question the robbery happened.