Robert Allenby speaking of the attack in a television interview. A photo showing Robert Allenby’s injuries was aired on television. Photo: Twitter
A homeless woman has come forward to present a version of events that conflicts with golfer Robert Allenby’s story of being kidnapped, bashed and robbed in Hawaii.
The Australian golfer said he was abducted from the popular Amuse Wine Bar in the tourist hub of Waikiki on Friday night, bashed by a group of men, thrown in the boot of a car and dumped on a street 10 kilometres away.
Allenby said he did not remember any of the events, except waking up on the street, but says he was told by a homeless woman who came to his aid that he had been thrown from the boot of a car.
Now, a homeless woman, Charade Keane, has told two media outlets that she found the golfer just metres from the wine bar from where he claims he was abducted.
Ms Keane, who reportedly lives in Ala Moana Beach Park in Honolulu, told the Honolulu Star Advertiser that she was riding her bicycle when she saw Allenby sitting on the corner of Kapiolani Boulevard and Piikoi Street with a bloodied face about 1.30am on Saturday.
That intersection is less than 50 metres from Amuse Wine Bar, from where Allenby claims he was abducted.
Ms Keane told Channel Nine that Allenby was arguing with two people at the time, and was offering to use his last remaining credit card to withdraw $500 in exchange for getting his wallet back.
“He said that he had been robbed and somebody did this to him, and they took his money and his wallet and his phone,” Ms Keane told Channel Nine.
“There was two people there also that started arguing with him, so I asked him to come with me. I said ‘This guy needs help’. I didn’t want them fighting … and he trusted me and we walked across the street and we came this way towards to pancake house.” Homeless woman claims she was the one who helped Robert Allenby after he was allegedly bashed and robbed. #9Newspic.twitter整形美容医院m/jVHpWPULmp — Nine News Australia (@9NewsAUS) January 19, 2015Sunrise on Monday morning.
“It was a homeless person that told me that, otherwise I would never have known.” Robert Allenby on kidnapping in Hawaii: ‘Thankful I’m alive’: http://t整形美容医院/HIMSdWny5spic.twitter整形美容医院m/4aS31TmojA — Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) January 18, 2015
Further questions were raised when the FBI were forced to deny Allenby’s claim that they were investigating.
The incident did not cross any state borders so it was being investigated by local police as a second-degree robbery, an FBI spokesman said on Monday.
Allenby’s family admonished people questioning the chain of events, saying there were a “lot of haters and sceptics on social media”.
Allenby also told Channel Nine that he was abducted in a carpark, not a street corner, and had taken an elevator down to the carpark with the group of unknown men because they told Allenby his two friends from the bar were down there.
He said he believed it was a targeted attack by people “jealous” of his fame.
Allenby had been in Hawaii for the Sony Open golf tournament but missed the cut and was due to fly home on Saturday.
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Wuxi Plastic Surgery Hospital.