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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Suspect in cabbie beating charged with felony

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UPDATE -- Surf City police have reviewed video of Marine Gunnery Sgt. John Adam Kinosh assaulting cab driver Charles Hawkesworth. The charges against Kinosh have been upgraded to one felony count of assault inflicting serious injury and a misdemeanor count of communicating threats.

Kinosh is in a mental health facility in Wilmington and cannot be arrested until his release.

Surf City, NC (WWAY) – Charles Hawkesworth had learned to expect the unexpected as a cab driver, but he never dreamed of a situation like Sunday morning.

Charles Hawkesworth was assaulted by Gunnery Sgt. John Adam Kinosh after picking him up from Trailer Bar in Surf City and attempting to give him a ride home.

"He was really confrontational at the get go,” said Hawkesworth. “When he started screaming at me I knew at that point that I was probably going to get hit. You're hoping against hope and praying for it not to happen but your just waiting for it to happen."

The beating left Hawkesworth with a piece of his skull detached. Hawkesworth will also need facial reconstruction surgery with three to four steel plates tying together his eye socket, cheekbone, and sinuses.

His injuries are so severe that he has been referred to a specialist, but the uninsured cabbie doesn’t know how he will pay for the needed surgery.

"I have never had health insurance and I didn't figure I needed it with this job because even if most people are rude they're still kind of friendly,” said Hawkesworth.

If you wish to donate money to help Charles Hawkesworth pay his medical bills you can do so online at

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cowardly marine

the marine that did this is a coward. period. attacking an unsuspecting civilian in a disadvantaged position, then checking into a mental health institute. disgusting. if the marines don't crucify kinosh they're a cowardly organization. it seems there is a marine in the news weekly for either: beating his wife/girlfriend,attacking each other, attacking innocent citizens, murdering their wives, or failing militarily. i'll say it again, its time to have that adult conversation about the marine corp, their leadership & continued role/necessity.

Ist called PTSD, I am not

Ist called PTSD, I am not justifying this marines actions but the military is not giving the proper training to de-combat the ones that are comming back from the war. Many of our law enforcement agencies are having to deal with these war vets. When you are in that type of enviroment for that amount of time it becomes your life, you can not trust anyone its like working in a piticular field of work every day and then changing where you live what you do everyting, its not easy or for some possible to change their work habits. If you woke up and went to sleep everyday with knowing you maybe killed or horribly hanicapped at any moment I bet you would have trouble re-adjusting to a "normal" life that most of us take for granted. The cab driver may have done something innocent that set the marine into "combat mode" and I am sure the cab driver did not mean to do this. The United States Military needs to test the people BEFORE they go into combat and after to see if they can handle combat and returning to society, many soldiers cant it doesnt make them less of a soldier but can be used better in a different position. The sad thing is we will a lot more of these situations as time goes on just look at the vietnam and korea vets that are still dealing with these issues. I hope soldiers will get help if they need it or not BEFORE they distroy their carear.

De-combet???? What???????

What about all of the other servicemen that have been to combat through out history and still haven't had any help with their struggles dealing with what happened to them? WWII, Korea, Vietnam so forth. Do you really think that these guys are any different than them? My 83 year old father in law still can't talk about how he was only one of five soldiers that walked out battle only to watch his commrades over 500 die and or be mamed. The US military has a piss poor record for taking care of it's own. Keep watching and praying. This guy needs to go to prison for what he has done and I agree that we the taxpayers should not pay for his anger!

Workers Compensation

does Island Taxi not have workers compensation insurance? That should cover all medical expenses, no matter how long the proceedures and surgery take. And it should cover lost income as well.

Worker's Comp

SCTom, if I'm not mistaken (and I may be) I think that cab drivers are technically independent contractors working for the cab company. So, they would have to provide their own insurance.

The accused should be paying for all medical expenses and punished for his deplorable actions.

There is an exception

the IRS developed a 7 point test to determine whether someone is a true independant contractor or an employee, regardless of the job title. It all revolves around who controls the driver's activities.

I believe, applying the 7 point test, this young man will be an employee for workers compensation benefits.

At least that's my reaction based on more than 30 years experience adjusting and investigating workers comp claims.

Of course, the easiest way to answer the question is for the employer to notify the insurance carrier of the incident and allow the system to handle the young man's injury expenses and loss of income.

Let's hope the employer does in fact have workers compensation coverage.

There is a joint committee in Raleigh right now studying this very type of incident and trying to determine the best means for the injured party to be cared for financially.


I hope the guy that beat this cab driver fries. Jail is too good for him. People go out drinking and thinking it is ok to get drunk and that is the excuse for their actions. The reason for their actions is the alcohol. This cab driver was doing his job trying to make a living. There is absolutly no reason for anyone to put their hands on anyone. God Bless the cab driver and heal him with your hands God.


Thats what carry permits are for, Jar heads like that.

What is "racial reconstruction surgery"?

What is "racial reconstruction surgery"? Also if this guy was behaving badly from the get-go, why did the cabbie let him get into the vehicle?

I think they meant facial

I think they meant facial reconstruction surgery.

Thank God

you are windsnake and not a one eyed snake of Sigma Nu.

It's facial surgery witless; where did you come up with racial? They have to place 3 or 4 small metal plates around his eye from what I read.

Evidently a typo, look at

Evidently a typo, look at your keyboard, the R key is right above the F key


I would agree with you. But he repeated the racial in another post further down.

Why are you trying to blame

Why are you trying to blame the victim? He was attacked while doing his job. The Marine should be held accountable for his crime and sued in a civil suit to pay for all medical costs related to his actions.

Blaming the victim?

Why are you shooting off the handle about 'blaming the victim' when the question was about 'racial reconstruction surgery' and letting ill-behaved people into one's vehicle?

It is extremely unfortunate

It is extremely unfortunate this incident took place and possibly would have had a different outcome if alcohol was not involved. It would benefit most individuals who work with the current military population to gain training and knowledge regarding issues that could arise upon returning from combat situations. More than likely a GySgt in the USMC, has been exposed to unimaginable situations that civilians will never have to encounter and will never understand. Therefore, it is impossible to comprehend the level of permanent impact this has on many young lives today. A lot of these men and women return with mental health issues due to a high exposure of violence and unimaginable disturbing experiences that go untreated and unresolved. If this service member remembers the events of his attack on the driver, it is more than likely he is not proud of or ok with his actions and would have changed the outcome if able. Until you have walked in someone's shoes or experienced someone's life events, think before you judge or make accusations. We all make mistakes, some which go unknown or some which cause less damage. None of us are perfect. My heart goes out to both of these men involved in this unfortunate event.

If he has mental health

If he has mental health issues then maybe he shouldn't be out drinking.

I've been in the taxi

I've been in the taxi business for over 15 years now in Wilmington, NC. How many drunken brawls has our company witnessed involving Marines? Too many to remember. I guess all of these cases were "triggered" by the "unimaginable situations" these people SIGNED THEMSELVES UP FOR, is that correct? We should all live in fear of someone who was in the service overseas? And then give him his "atta-boy" when they attack someone while they're drunk?
If the man that took this horrendous beating was YOUR son would you then accept the excuse given? You'd take your bleeding heart and help him right? You'd hire his lawyer for him? You'd let him use the excuse of going to war as a way to make it okay? He CHOSE that life. I don't think the military puts hearts and flowers on being deployed. They're aware from the get go as to what they may see.
And I love the line: "A lot of these men and women return with mental health issues due to a high exposure of violence and unimaginable disturbing experiences that go untreated and unresolved"...seems, at the moment this applies to the cab driver CAUSED BY A MARINE.
No, none of us are perfect. I've been drunk in a cab a few times myself. I have seen horrendous things due to abuse. But I DID NOT flip out and assault my cab driver because I'm some holier than thou jarhead on a power trip.
I'll judge, yes I will. Accusations? Damned right. It's on FILM so I think "accusation" is moot. I have cab drivers to look out for. I'll be making sure they look out for Marines. I'd love to hear the collective opinion of the boys in uniform. That is, IF I can get any cab driver who works in the city to even come close to a drunk Marine now.