After the case was closed the Rio de Janeiro Public Prosecutor’s Office filed an appeal to the Superior Court of Justice. The action challenged the decision of the 5th Criminal Chamber. Brazilian news outlet Globo reported on Thursday the proceedings have been reopened.
The incident occurred the day after the Olympic swimming competition concluded, where Lochte took gold in the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay. According to Lochte, he and his teammates were robbed by armed men posing as policemen at a Rio gas station.
However, after inspecting CCTV footage, police revealed that four had vandalized the service station restroom, breaking a door while trying to knock it down. Their actions led to an altercation with armed security guards, who forced them to pay for the damage.
In September 2016, the six-time Olympic champion was handed a 10-month suspension by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and USA Swimming for fabricating the robbery claims. This prevented him from participating at the 2017 World Aquatics Championships in Hungary.