Injured pro golfer thanks homeless woman for saving his life

Robert Allenby and Charade Keane (Photo: 7News Australia)

Questions continue to surround Robert Allenby and his story of being kidnapped, beaten and robbed in Hawaii.

Australian news outlets are in Honolulu covering the story and even they are skeptical of the PGA golfer’s chain of events.

While Honolulu police look into the incident, Allenby took some time Monday night to thank a good Samaritan who he credits for saving his life.

It’s a story that’s making headlines not just here, but around the world.

Whatever happened to Allenby, one thing is certain. He’s thankful for the help a local woman offered him.

Monday’s encounter was what many would consider unlikely–a longtime PGA professional from Australia who’s earned more than $25 million and Charade Keane, a Honolulu woman who calls Ala Moana Beach Park her home.

The two were brought together through a series of events that has raised more questions than answers, and on Monday night, they met again.

Allenby: “Thank you for looking after me.”
Keane: “No problem.”
Allenby: “Appreciate what you did for me.”
Keane: “Oh your bruise is still healing.”
Allenby: “Yeah. It’s going to take a while.”

While there are many blanks still to filled as to what happened Friday night into Saturday morning, on this night there is nothing but appreciation for the woman who says she found Allenby beaten, bloodied and baffled.

“I have two-and-a-half hours of my life that I don’t know anything about. Those two-and-a-half hours, I don’t know what happened to me,” Allenby said.

Allenby initially said he woke up in a park next to two homeless men some six miles away from Amuse Wine Bar on Kapiolani Boulevard in Ala Moana. That’s where, he said, he began his night drinking with friends.

But Keane told KHON2 she found Allenby at around 1:30 a.m. Saturday right across the street from the bar, sitting by a planter box on the corner of Piikoi Street and Kapiolani Boulevard, arguing with two men.

“I said, ‘Hold on, don’t yell at this man, he needs help,'” she said. “So at that point, I did not know who had done this to him. I really wanted to get him into a cab. He didn’t want to call the police.”

Fearing for Allenby’s safety, Keane intervened and pulled the golfer away. She walked alongside him as they crossed Piikoi Street, past Amuse Wine Bar.

Keane says the two men followed, but took off when a military service member noticed the bloody golfer and offered to help. She says she’s not sure if the two men robbed Allenby and has no details leading up to when she found the 43-year-old.

“He knew some things, like, he knew he was robbed,” she said. “He knew someone took his wallet and his phone, and he’d been hurt, but he wasn’t quite sure what was going on either.”

Keane says Allenby was put in a cab back to his hotel at around 2 a.m.

When asked what she would say to people who don’t believe Allenby’s story, Keane replied, “Well I believe him and I was there. I know that he was hurt and somebody hurt him and he was robbed.”

“Most people in the world don’t believe my story and I think that’s a shame, because I think when you look at my face, it kind of shows what happened,” said Allenby.

Allenby says he has pulled out of this week’s PGA event in California to go home and seek more medical attention.

Before departing the islands, he wanted to say thank you to the woman who says she refused to leave his side, until she knew he would be safe.

“I know you don’t expect it, but I went through my bag and I have a $1,000 American Express gift card that you can use,” he said, “and at least it will get you meals and all that.”

“You don’t have to do that,” Keane said.

“I know I don’t have to do it, but I’m going to do it,” he said.

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