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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 http://gogetfunding.com/project/help-charles

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48 Comments on "FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Suspect in cabbie beating charged with felony"

2015 years 10 months ago

is spreading hearsay. And that does not help the authorities with their investigation.

Trailer Bar personnel had reported he consumed no alcohol in their facility. That may have changed.

There are certainly many questions to ask.

If married with a wife and child, what was he doing out at that time of night? There’s one question to be asked.

Hearsay and conjecture are not admissable in court.

Let the authorities, both civilian and military do their jobs.

2015 years 10 months ago

Once charges have been filed it is public record. I do not agree with that, but that is how it is. Look at any local police blotter.

2015 years 10 months ago

The reason no one is talking about it, is beacause it is not a valid reason to beat the s*it out of someone!!!!

2015 years 10 months ago

I could not have said it better myself

2015 years 10 months ago

What a weak individual you are!


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