Police: Marine attacks cabbie, flees to mental hospital

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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.

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    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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