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Ryan Lochte, Jimmy Feigen may still face charges as Rio robbery investigation continues

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Conger, Bentz depart Brazil as Lochte may still face charges (2:38)

As Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz finally are able to leave Rio, Mark Schwarz reports the latest on the charges Ryan Lochte could face for filing a false police report in Rio de Janeiro. (2:38)

American swimmers Ryan Lochte and Jimmy Feigen could still face serious charges, and Rio de Janeiro civil police chief Fernando Veloso told ESPN on Thursday that the investigation is continuing into what happened early Sunday morning at a gas station outside of Rio.

Veloso also told ESPN that Feigen was interviewed at an undisclosed location late Thursday afternoon. Feigen provided an updated statement to police, U.S. Olympic officials said, and hoped to get his passport back to return home.

Olympics teammates Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz checked in for a flight out of Brazil earlier in the evening after a judge lifted the order seizing their passports and keeping them in the country. They had testified about the incident earlier in the day, and Brazilians chanted "Liar'' as they left the police building.

"They did not lie in their statements. They never lied to journalists. They only stayed quiet. They did not know what was going on,'' attorney Sergio Riera said.

Brazilian authorities were still hoping to hear again from Lochte, but they may have to involve the FBI to facilitate such an interview, according to ESPN's Mark Schwarz.

ABC News reported earlier that Lochte and Feigen had been indicted, citing the Federal Police of Brazil. Veloso told ESPN that no indictments have been issued.

If any charges are to be recommended, they would come at the end of the investigation.

The latest twist in this debacle comes after Brazilian police said the four American swimmers were not robbed at gunpoint at a gas station as they claimed.

Late Thursday, the United States Olympic Committee apologized for the "distracting ordeal'' involving the four swimmers and said it will review the matter, and possible punishments, when the Games are over and the delegation returns home.

"The behavior of these athletes is not acceptable, nor does it represent the values of Team USA or the conduct of the vast majority of its members," USOC officials said.

USA Swimming also issued a statement, saying that the group will review the swimmers' actions and consider penalties under its code of conduct.

"That this is drawing attention away from Team USA's incredible accomplishments in the water and by other athletes across the Olympic Games is upsetting," the statement read. "The athletes and their remarkable stories should be the focus."

Lochte has maintained that he and his teammates were robbed at gunpoint at a gas station in a Rio suburb after returning from a night of partying.

"No robbery was committed against these athletes. They were not victims of the crimes they claimed," Veloso said during an afternoon news conference Thursday.

Veloso said the four swimmers vandalized the bathroom on the side of the gas station, damaging mirrors and other property. He said surveillance video shows employees of the gas station tried to control the situation but that the swimmers went to their taxi and tried to get away.

When employees realized what was going on, security guards asked the taxi driver not to leave and to wait for police. Although Brazilian police had said previously that no guns were involved in the incident, Veloso said security officers at the gas station did use guns to control the situation. The surveillance video does show a man approaching the taxi with an object in his hand, but it's not clear whether it is a gun.

Veloso said the gun involved was a legal weapon used by the security guard.

Veloso said the athletes refused to wait for police to arrive. During that time, a third person offered to interpret and explained to the athletes that they had to pay for what they had done to the bathroom. According to Veloso, they offered to pay in the form of a $20 bill and 100 reals (about $51).