After a day of alleged developments, Brazilian investigators are attempting to set the record straight—they say Ryan Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen were not robbed.
During a press conference Thursday afternoon, Chief of Civil police of Rio Fernando Veloso told reporters (via CNN's English translation) that right now what they can confirm is there was no robbery the way it was reported or claimed by the athletes. They said the men were not victims of the criminal actions that they claim they were.
While they are careful to note that the investigation is not finished and they still have to speak with other witnesses, the men added that one of the swimmers confirmed the version of the new story that there was no robbery against the athletes. According to the police, the unnamed swimmer narrated a version that is in alignment with the evidence, the testimonies, the witnesses, the surveillance video and the images.
For Lochte, who is already home, the FBI is following the investigation, so that Ryan can be heard in the United States, Veloso added. Though the investigation is still ongoing, the men could face charges for false communication of a crime and damaging private property depending on the outcome of the investigation, though the police chief was hesitant to make any premature suggestions.