Australian professional golfer Robert Allenby has described his kidnap ordeal in Hawaii as feeling “pretty much the same as” the plot in the action film Taken, starring Liam Neeson.
Police are investigating after the 43-year-old golfer said he was abducted from the popular Amuse Wine Bar in the tourist hub of Waikiki on Friday night. He says he was bashed, robbed and put into the boot of a car and dumped on a street 10 kilometres away.
A bruised and battered Allenby told Sunrise on Monday that he had no memory of the bizarre and terrifying ordeal, but was told by a homeless woman that he was thrown from a car onto a side street, resulting in extensive grazing to his face.
Allenby, who had been in Hawaii for the Sony Open golf tournament, believes he may have been drugged at the wine bar, before he was knocked unconscious and “everything I had in my possession was taken”.
Police had told him that someone had tried to use his credit card in downtown Waikiki on Saturday night, Allenby said.
“We see a lot of things on movies and stuff. You know, I watched Taken quite a few times and it kind of felt pretty much the same as that. I just, very surreal, yeah,” he said.
In Taken, Neeson plays a retired CIA agent who saves his estranged daughter who has been kidnapped in Paris.
Allenby said he had been at the wine bar for about two hours, and had just paid the bill before the attack.
“My buddy got distracted and I went to the bathroom, and when I came out of the bathroom some people had said that my buddy had already left,” he said.
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“It was a homeless person that told me that, otherwise I would never have known.”
Allenby said when he was first thrown onto the street, two homeless men began kicking him, until a homeless woman came to his aid.
The woman had “pretty much saved my life”, he said. He described how they ran away from the men down the street, where they encountered a retired military officer who came to their aid.
“When this guy came from the military I just, I was like crying, and obviously beaten up, blood’s just going everywhere, and I just said to him ‘I just want to go back to my hotel and get the police and ambulances there, I just need to be somewhere safe’.”
The military man paid for a taxi back to Allenby’s hotel, he said.
Allenby had eaten at a restaurant adjoining the wine bar on Friday night with close friend Anthony Puntoriero and caddie Mick Middlemo immediately before the incident.
The restaurant was “upmarket” and “beautiful”, he said.
Allenby said, as a professional sportsman, he made a point of being extremely careful when he went out.
“I think if you’re a professional athlete or any type of celebrity status I think you always have to be careful,” he said.
“I always try to stay to really nice establishments. I don’t go out drinking and party and stuff, I don’t go to nightclubs. I try and stick to the … classy areas because I feel like you’ve always got to be careful.”
Asked whether he believed he was targeted because he was a golfer, Allenby said he was not sure.
“There was a lot of fuss when I was in the restaurant, in the bar area. You know, people saying ‘Oh, that’s Robert Allenby, he’s a famous golfer’, and blah blah blah, and that kind of maybe drew some attention for someone,” Allenby said.
“There [were] quite a few people in there so it’s very hard to pinpoint anyone, but we went back yesterday and had a look at the cameras because I just wanted to see who was there and what may have happened. I was trying to piece all of the puzzle together. But .. I was very fortunate. I mean, a homeless lady pretty much saved my life.”
Scans have cleared Allenby of any serious facial or head injuries and he is hopeful of being cleared to fly in the next day or two.
He doesn’t yet know when he will play golf again.
“The chances of me playing next week are very slim, but I’m just taking it one day at a time.”
He said he planned to thank the homeless woman and the retired military man who helped him.
“I will (contact the homeless woman), and I will thank her and I will give her something, and also the guy from the military that helped me as well. I’ll definitely make a call to him, he paid for the taxi to get out of there,” he said.
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Wuxi Plastic Surgery Hospital.