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SURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — Police say a man who dedicates his life to protecting our country turned against a cab driver early Sunday morning. The only question now is why he brutally assaulted a man who was trying to help him.

One year ago the owner of Island Taxi installed dash cams to improve the safety of his drivers. He never expected it to capture the brutal attack that took place over the weekend.

Police say cab driver Charles Hawkesworth was trying to drive Gunnery Sgt. John Adam Kinosh home early Sunday morning when the Marine turned violent.

“I have been in business for over five years, and this is the first time anything like this has happened,” Island Taxi owner Rex Bowen said.

Video shows GySgt. Kinosh pummeling Hawkesworth for close to two minutes. Investigators say it was because Hawkesworth was going to pick up another man to split Kinosh’s cab fare and reduce his cost.

“He has five broken bones in his optical socket area,” Bowen said about his driver’s injuries. “The ER has sent him to a specialist because they don’t know what’s going to happen once the swelling goes down whether the bones are going to collapse or not.”

At one point during the attack, the Marine threatens to kill the driver for making him lose his hat.

“Not in a million years would I have thought that one of my drivers would be almost beat to death just for stupidity,” Bowen said.

Police say GySgt. Kinosh left and checked himself into a mental institution in Wilmington. He left his driver in a pool of blood and the owner of Island Taxi wondering how to prevent a situation like this in the future.

“I’m kind of at a point that I don’t know where to turn as far as to secure and make my drivers any safer,” Bowen said.

Police say GySgt. Kinosh is wanted on three misdemeanor warrants for the beating. Police expect to arrested him when he’s released from the mental facility.

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80 Comments on "Police: Marine attacks cabbie, flees to mental hospital"

2015 years 9 months ago

It looks like he was under the influence to me. And apparently some internal rage or instability was brought out that he couldn’t contain. Maybe he cannot handle booze? He needs AA like another person suggested, and anger management. Either way, this will damage his career significantly. And now that it is national news, even worse. Everyone loses here.

2015 years 9 months ago

I am tired of this marines using the maring corp as an excused to comitt crimes to include asulting there wifes. the truth is they need to realise that there are responceble for there actions once we start holding them acountable they will reallyce they need to stop hiding under the marine corp skirt. there is nothing to fill proud about a traing maring 225 lb beating on a 105 lb wife, I sujest picking a fihgt with onother traing maring but, that woul be a real problem for this cowards. dont miss read me I loves are forcer but we need to realice there are a few that dont make as proud after all you may love youre chil but dont always aprove or like what they do so lets show them tuff love.

2015 years 9 months ago

I’d like to know what you think could occur in a conversation that would justify this.

Grand Ole Party
2015 years 9 months ago

You are such a liberal tard. He beat him so bad that it fractured a piece of his skull, he in fact could have very well killed him. So why should he not be able to protect himself and shoot the perpetrator? You are such a little girlie boy. Man up!

2015 years 9 months ago

He was a regular customer of Island Taxi, and as I have said before, violence was not in his character. This is a small town, everyone knows everyone, and Adam is a part of this community, up until recently, a very positive part. J.R. himself said he has given Adam a ride many times before without incident. There is more to this story than meets the eye, but snap decisions and hate are always easier than contemplation and understanding. This was a tragedy on ALL sides, I feel for and pray for everyone involved.


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