Homeless man denies attack, claims pro golfer passed out on sidewalk

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For the first time since the incident involving professional Australian golfer Robert Allenby came to light, the Honolulu Police Department is giving us information about the ongoing investigation.

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, the department said:

“Detectives are reviewing witness statements and gathering security video footage. They are also looking into recent charges made on Mr. Allenby’s credit card. No arrest has been made.

“Detectives have opened second degree robbery and fraudulent use of credit card investigations. Second degree robbery is punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment; fraudulent use of credit cards is punishable by up to five years.”

The 43-year-old was in town for the Sony Open, and said he was kidnapped, beaten and robbed after visiting Amuse Wine Bar on Kapiolani Boulevard Friday night into Saturday morning.

Charade Keane told KHON2 she found Allenby at around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, sitting by a planter box on the corner of Piikoi Street and Kapiolani Boulevard, arguing with two men. Fearing for Allenby’s safety, Keane intervened and pulled the golfer away.

On Tuesday, KHON2 tracked down one of the men. Finding Toa Kaili wasn’t easy, but the homeless man says he isn’t hiding.

When asked if he attacked Allenby, Kaili replied, “No. I did not beat up… Robert Allenby? That’s his name? Yeah. I did not beat up that golfer at all.”

According to Kaili, he and a friend were traveling down Kapiolani Boulevard, headed downtown at around 1 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, when they stumbled upon a man, passed out “on the sidewalk, on the curb on Kapiolani and Piikoi.”

Kaili claims he did not know who the man was and assumed Allenby was also homeless.

“I was like, ‘Hey brother, you got to wake up because the sidewalk sweepers are going to come. You don’t want to get swept up,'” said Kaili. “So it took him about nine minutes before he got to his senses and when I got him up his feet, I said ‘Okay. Check if you got everything on you.’ And that’s when he noticed, like, ‘I don’t got my phone or my wallet.'”

Kaili says he and his friend, Chris, spent a few minutes searching for Allenby’s phone and wallet.

“The state of mind he was in when I woke him up, he wasn’t coherent,” Kaili said. “He kept saying, ‘Where’s the other guy at?’ I said, ‘What other guy?’ There was only two of us waking him up.”

Kaili said Allenby then became hostile. “Five or 10 minutes after, ‘Mr. Golfer’ switched (and said) ‘Alright. The gig’s up. Why don’t you guys hand me back my phone.’ I said, ‘What?’ He goes, ‘Just give me back my phone. I know you guys stole my stuff.'”

Kaili also noted that Allenby’s face bore no facial injuries when he first encountered him.

Fed up, Kaili says he began to walk away from Kaili, but his friend chose to stay and help Allenby get into a cab.

Ten minutes later, Kaili decided to return to the intersection and noticed Allenby’s face was bloody. “I was like, ‘Chris, what the hell happened?’ And he was like, ‘Oh, my God. While I was trying to wave cabs down, he was nodding out, then he passed out, fell face first and slammed in a rock.'”

Kaili says Allenby proceeded to accuse the two for stealing his belongings.

“We were shouting at each other because ‘Mr. Golfer’ was accusing me. Like, ‘Give me back my wallet! Do you know who the hell I am? I have a million dollars. Do you know who the hell I am?’ I was like, ‘Brother. I don’t care who you are, but all I know is, you’re pretty busted up and you need help.'”

According to Kaili, that’s when Charade Keane, his friend and a fellow homeless individual, rode by on her bicycle.

Kaili says he left Allenby once Keane showed up and helped Allenby get a taxi back to his hotel.

Kaili was questioned by police and are currently looking to interview Kaili’s friend, Chris. Authorities are not calling either man a suspect at this time.

ABC Stores confirmed to KHON2 that Allenby’s credit card was used at a store location on Kalakaua Avenue.

The store is cooperating with authorities to identify the individual who used the card.

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