Ryan Lochte and swimmers may have lied about robbery, new details emerge
One swimmer reportedly fought with a gas station security guard
A source with the police told ABC News that “one of the swimmers was seen on CCTV footage breaking down the door to the bathroom at the gas station and fighting with a security guard” on the night of the alleged robbery.
The source also told ABC News that when the swimmers first reported the incident, they were allegedly too intoxicated to even provide basic details.
The United States Olympic Committee is aware of the video and has not yet seen it, a source told PEOPLE.
“You sort of want to roll your eyes and say, ‘Oh, Ryan.’ But this is really serious and affects everyone, not just him,” the source said.
“We are reaching out to Ryan to ask him to set the record straight and be completely upfront with what happened, whatever it was,” the source continued. “Nothing happened that can’t be fixed, but everyone needs to be on the same page, and we all need to know exactly what happened. All four of them need to be completely honest right now. This affects the safety of everyone who is still down here.”
The news comes just after two other U.S. swimmers were pulled off of their flight out of Rio, Wednesday night, and detained for police questioning in connection with Lochte’s claims.
Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger were released after questioning, but remain in Rio.
Lochte said that Bentz, Conger and James Feigen were all with him when they were allegedly robbed early Sunday as they returned to the Olympic village in a taxi.
Patrick Sandusky, United States Olympic Committee spokesperson, said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE: “The three U.S. Olympic swimmers (Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and James Feigen) are cooperating with authorities and in the process of scheduling a time and place today to provide further statements to the Brazilian authorities. All are represented by counsel and being appropriately supported by the USOC and the U.S. Consulate in Rio.”
While none of the swimmers have been charged with a crime, police said that they suspect the robbery report could be false.
A Rio police source told PEOPLE: “We just want to find out what happened, and then they will be able to take an airplane home. They are being questioned but are not under arrest.”
Police said they have not been able to find the group’s alleged taxi driver or any witnesses. Lochte and Feigen gave interviews to police, but the details were scant and contradictory, according to Brazilian officials.
A judge ordered Lochte and Feigen’s passports seized on Wednesday so that the swimmers could be detained for further questioning, but the former was already back in America.
In an interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer on Wednesday, Lochte strongly denied that their robbery claim was a cover-up for another incident.
“I wouldn’t make up a story like this nor would the others – as a matter of fact, we all feel it makes us look bad,” Lauer said, quoting Lochte, according to NBC News. “We’re victims in this and we’re happy that we’re safe.”
Lochte clarified his account of the robbery to Lauer, as well, explaining that he and the other swimmers had used a gas station bathroom.
“They got back to the taxi, and when they told the taxi driver to go, he didn’t move. They said, ‘Let’s go’ again, ‘We’ve got to get out of here.’ And again – the taxi driver didn’t move. And that’s when he says two men approached the car with guns and badges,” Lauer said, adding that the swimmers were then ordered out of the car and forced onto the ground.
Lauer also said Lochte was “adamant” that he hadn’t lied about the robbery to cover up any “embarrassing behavior.”
—Reporting by STEVE HELLING