Lochte's teammates Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz told police that the robbery was fabricated

By Tiare Dunlap
August 18, 2016 12:05 PM

Ryan Lochte‘s teammates confirmed to Brazilian police that he fabricated the alleged robbery that has been the center of an international controversy.

A Brazilian official told PEOPLE that Lochte’s teammates Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz, who were pulled off a plane headed back to the U.S. late Wednesday for questioning, told police that the robbery had been fabricated.

An official who has direct knowledge of the investigation told PEOPLE that around 6 a.m. on Sunday, Lochte, along with Conger, Bentz and Jimmy Feigen, stopped at a gas station in Barra da Tijuca, a suburb of Rio.

One of the swimmers reportedly tried to open the door of a bathroom at the gas station and found that it was locked. The swimmer then began kicking the door open. A security officer and the gas station manager approached the group and asked them to pay damages.

The men then became belligerent, the official said. An argument ensued, leading the security guard to point a gun at the men and insist that they pay for the damages. The swimmers then reportedly handed over their wallets and left the station. The official says the manager called the police, but when they arrived, the swimmers were already gone.

After the incident, the 32-year-old Olympian reportedly told his mother, Ileana Lochte, that he and his fellow teammates had been robbed. Ileana then shared the story with reporters, which led to international news coverage and police interest, according to the Associated Press.

“Their story was not right,” the police source tells PEOPLE. “We knew on Sunday that their story was not right, because it didn’t make sense.”

“The stories that the two men told us were not the same,” the source continued. “The other two men would not speak to us. So we knew that they were lying.”

The incident was captured in CCTV footage obtained by PEOPLE that shows the men attempting to get into the wrong cab to leave the scene, then being asked to get out of their second cab by gas station security.

“Everything they said was a lie and not true,” the official said of the men’s later reports of a robbery. “When [Lochte] went on American TV and said his story, it made Brazil look bad when he was the one who had been doing the wrong thing.”

The United States Olympic Committee is aware of the video.

“The video shows a completely different story than what we were told by the athletes,” a USOC source told PEOPLE. “It’s very disappointing to all of us.”

“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 said. “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,” the source continued. “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.”

The IOC released the following statement Thursday:

Lochte returned to the U.S. on Wednesday morning. The other swimmers are still in Brazil and continue to cooperate with authorities, the U.S. Olympic Committee told TIME.

With reporting by STEVE HELLING

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