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The Golf Blog says: Congrats to Bill Haas for winning the Humana Challenge. Sorry, but that trophy looks too small.Tweet
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The Golf Blog says: Yet another homeless person in Hawaii is adding to the Robert Allenby incident. Chris Khamis, a 47-year-old homeless man, says that Robert Allenby told him he was drugged at a strip club and that Allenby got injured after he passed out and hit his head. More here.
If true, this explains everything. Say no more.
According to Google Maps, there are at least 2 strip clubs and several massage parlors nearby the area that homeless person Charade Keane said she found Allenby near Diamond Head-makai corner of Kapiolani Boulevard and Pii-koi Street: Centerfolds Show World and Club Femme Nu.Tweet
New details: A witness says he found Robert Allenby passed out on a sidewalk, his face bloodied by hitting a rock: http://t.co/QPX0XSY4F9
— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) January 21, 2015
Police believe Robert Allenby incident is not a kidnapping case http://t.co/OvTBPdJj1a
— Daily Mail Australia (@DailyMailAU) January 22, 2015
The Golf Blog says: OK, as far as we can piece together from the media reports from several witnesses and the police, it looks like Robert Allenby may not have been kidnapped. He may not have been even beaten. Instead, according to one witness, Allenby may have passed out outside the wine bar he was at earlier and hit his head on a rock after passing out. At some point while he was passed out, someone may have robbed Allenby of his wallet including credit cards because someone did in fact charge over $20,000 on various items. The Honolulu police are investigating the robbery and credit card fraud, and reportedly have a suspect, a homeless man.Tweet
— Nine News Australia (@9NewsAUS) January 19, 2015
The Golf Blog says: The homeless woman who reportedly helped Robert Allenby is giving a somewhat conflicting story of what happened, according to the Honolulu Star Advertiser.
Charade Keane is the homeless woman’s name and she doesn’t seem to confirm the part about seeing Allenby being thrown from a car by 3 men. Instead, she saw Allenby talking to 2 homeless men whom she knows near Diamond Head-makai corner of Kapiolani Boulevard and Pii-koi Street. According to Keane, Allenby was negotiating to pay $500 to get his wallet and cellphone back from the 2 homeless men, and that’s when she said she intervened to get Allenby away from the 2 men. A military EMT then helped Allenby get a cab to his hotel after coming upon him and Keane. More here.
Allenby said he received a blow to the head and doesn’t remember exactly what happened.
Here are the questions we need more information about:
1. How did Allenby get from the Wine Bar to wherever he went afterwards?
2. Did Allenby attempt to interact with either the 2 homeless men, the homeless woman, or the 3 other men he said kidnapped him for something other than trying to get away from a beating and robbery? Was there some prior dealing with any of them before being beaten and robbed? What was the nature of Allenby’s contact?
3. How did Allenby take a selfie of himself after the robbery if his phone was stolen? And why publicize a selfie of yourself beaten up?
4. Have Allenby’s credit cards been deactivated? Why haven’t photographs of the person(s) who tried to use the credit cards been released by the police?
5. If Allenby feared for his life during the robbery, should he have security protection while the perpetrators are on the loose?
6. Why didn’t Allenby show outrage to Steve Sands’ question indicating that people were skeptical of Allenby’s story?
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The Golf Blog says: We’ve read some tweets of people who are a little skeptical about the reports of Robert Allenby’s kidnapping, beating, and robbing last night in Hawaii. Allenby said he may have been drugged by someone while having drinks at Amuse Wine Bar with his caddie Mick Middlemo and another friend Anthony Puntoriero because his memory of what happened is foggy. As far as he can piece together, he says he was kidnapped by three men who drove him 6 miles away, robbed and beat Allenby, and left him in a park where a homeless woman told Allenby about the three men. A retired military man helped Allenby to get a cab back to his hotel.
The account may sound like a random, if not bizarre, crime. But it’s entirely believable. If you take out the fact that Allenby is a professional golfer, it’s easy to imagine that such a robbery could occur to anyone, especially tourists to Hawaii that robbers would know have some money. Moreover, Allenby’s conduct after the events seem entirely consistent with having been the victim of a crime. Allenby reported the incident to the local police–which he’d have no reason to do if something embarrassing were the reason for the scratches on his face. Plus, he’d be exposing himself to prosecution for filing a false police report if the account was made up. Also, Wei Under Par reports that the caddie and Allenby watched video from the Amuse Wine Bar that shows Allenby leaving with 3 guys while he was stumbling (perhaps after being drugged).
Allenby issued a statement: “I’d like to thank the local authorities, Sony Open and PGA TOUR officials and others that have assisted me throughout this unfortunate ordeal. I’d also like to thank the many people that have reached out with their well-wishes and support. Medically, I thankfully didn’t suffer anything major beyond some bumps and bruises that will take a bit of time to heal. My plan currently is to fly back to the mainland and at that point, evaluate my ability to play next week at the Humana Challenge.”
Thank goodness Allenby is OK and nothing worse happened. Local law enforcement will be investigating the kidnapping.
UPDATE on Jan. 19, 2015: The homeless woman was been interviewed. Her story seems to conflict with Allenby’s in several respects. Click here for the analysis.
PGA Star Robert Allenby Allegedly Abducted, Robbed and Dumped http://t.co/Kan7Xld6Bm
— ABC News (@ABC) January 18, 2015