For a while there, it looked like we had a pretty good idea of what actually happened to Robert Allenby, the pro golfer who last month claimed that he was kidnapped, beaten, and robbed after leaving a Honolulu wine bar. But now the local police have released a statement, and everything is apparently back to square one.
From the beginning, Allenby has been unable to account for what happened to him during two-and-a-half hour period from when he left the wine bar to when he was found by a group of homeless people, bloodied and robbed, in a park just blocks away from the wine bar. A GolfChannel.com investigation seemed to have solved that mystery when it was reported that Allenby was spotted at a nearby strip club during that timeframe, and that he and the group of people that he was with ran up a $3,400 tab. According to police, though, Allenby was never at the strip club:
Det. John McCarthy of the Honolulu Police Department said in a telephone interview Thursday night that evidence shows Allenby was not in the Club Femme Nu in the early morning hours of Jan. 17 when his wallet, credit cards, cash and phone were taken.
"There is no evidence he was ever in that strip club," McCarthy said. "Our investigation shows he was not at Club Femme Nu."
McCarthy said several Australians were in the strip club, but not Allenby.
"It was a case of mistaken identity," he said of reports indicating Allenby was there.
There's also the question of the three mystery people that Allenby was supposedly seen leaving the wine bar with around 11:00 p.m. According to police, those three people have no connection to the case, and were just coincidentally leaving the bar at the same time Allenby was.
So, what the hell happened to Allenby? There are still the accounts from the three homeless people who came across, two of whom claim to have encountered a loopy Allenby in a nearby park just 20 minutes after he left the wine bar, and then again at 1:00 a.m. just 50 feet from where they first found him. It was during this second encounter that Allenby allegedly told the men that he had just come from a strip club, and then passed out and hit his face on a lava rock.
Allenby told ESPN that police told him that they now believe he was in that same park all night. "On the ground, laid out cold," as he puts it. Meanwhile, a man Patrick Owen Harbison was arrested in connection to the case on Wednesday. He has been charged with second-degree identity theft, second-degree attempted theft and unauthorized possession of confidential information.