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Pro golfer recalls kidnapping, assault, robbery

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -  The cuts and other injuries will heal, but Australian pro golfer Robert Allenby says there are also emotional scars from the kidnapping, assault and robbery that happened to him in Honolulu Friday night.

"I think there's a lot of shock in there too,” he said in an interview with the Golf Channel.

“Just the thought of being hit, thrown in a trunk, dumped six and a half miles away from where I was in the middle of nowhere with nothing, nothing, not a cent on me," he recalled.

Allenby says police are working to fill in what he doesn't remember after being hit on the head. 

"I don't know if I was drugged or not. Really don't know. But obviously the blow to the head knocked me out cold," Allenby said. 

The 43-year-old said he, his caddie and friend went a wine bar after he missed the cut in the Sony Open.He says they got there a quarter after 8:00 p.m. and he apparently signed his check around 10:45 p.m. Surveillance video from Amuse Wine Bar on Kapiolani Blvd. and Piikoi St. shows him head into the parking lot minutes later with a group of five or six people.

"That's where someone hit me. Two hours, two and a half hours later, I woke up in the street in the gutter. Been thrown out of a trunk of a car, I'd been robbed," he said.

Allenby says he lost consciousness and woke up near a park to people kicking him.

“I recall very vividly that the lady that helped me, the homeless lady, she said to me, 'they're dangerous, we got to get you out of here, they're very dangerous people,'" Allenby said.

Allenby managed to return to the Kahala Hotel with the help of that woman and a retired Navy veteran. That's where he said he called police.

"It's scary, you just never know. You see this in movies. I watched Taken and Taken 2 a few times and it's kinda like a spitting image. But I'm just very thankful that I'm alive."

Many people are commenting on our Hawaii News Now Facebook page. Some are expressing their condolences while others are skeptical about his story.

"I think eventually everything should come out. We know that they're using my credit cards downtown. So I think the whole moral of the story is you just gotta be super careful," he said.

Allenby was scheduled to play in next week's Humana Challenge in California. But his status for that tournament is uncertain.

HPD has classified the case as a second-degree robbery. The investigation is ongoing.

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