RIO, (AP) The U.S. State Department is encouraging cooperation with Brazilian authorities on their investigation into reports by U.S. swimmers Ryan Lochte, Jimmy Feigen and two others that they were robbed during the Olympics.
The office of a Brazilian judge confirmed in a Wednesday statement that the judge had issued an order that the passports of Lochte and Feigen be seized and that the swimmers stay in Brazil as authorities investigate. Lochte's father tells The Associated Press that his son had returned to the U.S. before the order was issued.
The State Department says it has seen the reports of the order and encourages "all parties to work with Brazilian law enforcement," referring further questions to those involved.
Lochte, Feigen and two of their 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.