Australian Golfer Robert Allenby feels lucky to be alive after he was kidnapped, beaten and robbed in Honolulu on Friday night before being dumped about 10km away from the abduction site.
Allenby was at the popular Amuse Wine Bar in the tourist-laden Waikiki with his close friend Anthony Puntoriero after missing the cut at the Sony Open.
The 43-year-old believes the suspects may have drugged him before he was taken to an underground car park where he was knocked out, robbed and thrown in the boot of a car.
Allenby has noticeable damage and lacerations to his nose and forehead.
“I didn’t think I was going to survive this one,” Allenby said. “I was separated from my friend in the bar after we had paid the tab at 10.48pm and he went to the bathroom and next thing you know I’m being dumped in a park miles away. I only know this part because a homeless woman found me and told me she saw a few guys pull up and throw me out of the car. That is where I got the scrapes above my eye from the sidewalk.”
Shaken and in a bad way Allenby realised he was without his phone, wallet or any cash and was starting to be harassed by other homeless people in the park. “The homeless woman got me away from the others and then a retired military guy walking past came to my aid,” he said.
“He got me into a taxi and paid for me to get to my hotel and I called police. I have his details and will be getting back in touch with him, for sure.”
The four-time PGA Tour winner has been assisting police and PGA Tour FBI officials with inquiries. “We have some names and numbers and they have some leads to follow up,” Allenby said. “They’ll get to the bottom of it.”
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