Witness: Robert Allenby passed out, hit head after trip to strip club
Nearly a week has passed since Robert Allenby was reportedly abducted, beaten and robbed in Honolulu after missing the cut at the Sony Open, but new details still are emerging.
Most recently, Chris Khamis, a 47-year-old homeless man, has come forward saying he was with Allenby on Jan. 16 when Allenby’s face was bloodied. Khamis gave his account to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser for a Wednesday report that offered a different explanation for Allenby’s injuries.
Khamis said Allenby sustained facial cuts and bruises by passing out and hitting his head on a lava rock, but that Khamis’ back was turned when that happened. Khamis also told the Star-Advertiser that Allenby had said he was depressed and had been drugged at a strip club.
"There was no crime (when I was present). It was his stupidity," Khamis told the Star Advertiser. "(Allenby) passed out and hit his head. I was there. Nobody pushed him out of a car."
Another witness, Toa Kaili, surfaced Wednesday on Australia’s Channel 9 News and also claimed that Allenby’s facial lacerations were a result of a fall on rocks.
Allenby first gave an interview to NBC during Sunday’s Sony Open coverage, saying he was abducted upon leaving a bar, beaten, robbed and abandoned early Saturday morning in a park some six miles from his hotel near Waialae Country Club. Cuts and bruises were visible on Allenby’s face during the interview.
Allenby described waking up in a gutter near a park, where he said several homeless men were kicking him and trying to go through his pockets. He also remembered being chased down the street.
Allenby said he had gone to dinner Jan. 16 at the Amuse Wine Bar, located in the Honolulu Design Center, with his caddie Mick Middlemo and a friend from Australia. Middlemo returned to his hotel and Allenby became separated from his other friend when Allenby left to go to the bathroom. That’s when the trouble began.
Allenby’s story contradicts another report from bystander Charade Keane, 42, who said she was riding her bike at about 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 17 when she saw a bloody-faced Allenby sitting on a planter at the Diamond Head-makai corner of Kapiolani Boulevard and Pii-koi Street. Keane, also speaking to the Star-Advertiser, described a scenario in which she helped Allenby escape from two other homeless men who had been arguing with him.
According to the Star-Advertiser, police have opened investigations for second-degree robbery and fraudulent use of credit card.
The FBI has said it will not investigate the incident.
A message left by Golfweek with Honolulu police was not immediately returned.
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