Feb
12
2015
Police arrest man for using Allenby’s stolen credit cards
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Honolulu police made an arrest in connection with credit cards stolen from Robert Allenby when he was in town for last month’s Sony Open, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Owen P. Harbison has been charged with three counts of identity theft and second-degree theft and one count of unauthorized possession of confidential personal information. 

Harbison was arrested on Wednesday and is being held on $100,000 bail. Lt. John McCarthy of the Honolulu Police Department says that Harbison will make his first court appearance next week and (allegedly) had used three of Allenby’s credit cards to charge an amount below $20,000.

Although Allenby initially claimed he was beaten, robbed and kidnapped the night of January 16, police had only opened investigations into second-degree robbery and fraudulent use of credit cards, with a focus on what they believed to be more than $20,000 in fraudulent charges on Allenby’s cards.

Allenby, who missed the cut at the Sony Open, said that he has no memory of what happened to him between 11:06pm to 1:27 a.m. He was having drinks with his caddie and a friend at Amuse Wine Bar near the Ala Moana district of Honolulu before he was separated from them.

Allenby’s original account of being beaten, robbed, kidnapped, thrown into a car trunk and dumped more than six miles from where he was originally has been discredited from witnesses. He accredited some of that story to a homeless woman, Charade Keane, whom denied telling Allenby he was thrown into the street from the trunk of a car. Another witness, Chris Khamis, a homeless man, said Allenby endured the injuries to his face and head when he passed out and hit himself on a rock. Then, there was a report that the golfer was spotted at a nearby strip club.

Allenby posted photos of his bloodied face and black eye to his Facebook account the following day because he didn’t have his cell phone and wanted to contact his family.

“I want to thank the Honolulu Police Department for their on-going work in this investigation,” said Allenby in a statement released by the PGA Tour. “As I have continually said, these detectives are the best at what they do and I was always confident they would discover what happened. I continue to fully cooperate with the HPD and I look forward to this matter being fully resolved.

“I also want to thank the many people who have expressed their support and concern for me in the last month.”