Honolulu homeless woman describes finding bloodied golfer
HONOLULU (AP) A homeless woman who helped a professional golfer who says he was beaten and robbed in Honolulu described finding him bloodied on a street corner.
Australian golfer Robert Allenby said he doesn't remember everything that happened after dinner at a wine bar on Friday night after missing the cut in the Sony Open.
He said he has no recollection of what happened until he was shoved out of a car then kicked and prodded by homeless people.
Charade Keane, who lives in Ala Moana park, told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (http://ow.ly/HA7y8 ) she couldn't avoid seeing Allenby sitting on a planter with a bloodied face early Saturday. Allenby was talking to two homeless men she knows.
''They started arguing when I got there, and I realized this wasn't well,'' she said. ''I needed to get him out of here.''
As she and Allenby walked away, he said all his belongings were gone, she said.
A young man in the military later helped Allenby and paid for a taxi to get him back to his hotel, Keane recalled. While they waited for the taxi, Allenby told her about his golfing career and his children.
''He did most of the talking,'' she said. ''I didn't have much to say. I'm homeless.''
The Sony Open is one of several Hawaii sporting events that receive direct funding from the state.
''This was an unfortunate incident, and anytime something like this involves a visitor to our island the (tourism authority) takes the situation very seriously,'' Hawaii Tourism Authority Vice President David Uchiyama said in a statement. ''It is also very important to remember that this was an isolated incident, and Hawaii remains one of the safest travel destinations in the world.''
Honolulu police were investigating the case as a second-degree robbery.
Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com