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Cab driver speaks about attack 'I am extremely angry'

By Mahsa Saeidi, Reporter
Published On: Sep 18 2012 06:38:40 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 18 2012 10:07:57 PM CDT
ONSLOW COUNTY -

A Surf City cab driver assaulted last week by one of his passengers is speaking out. Charles Hawkesworth Jr., 26, was released from the hospital on Monday.

"At this gentlemen, I am extremely angry," Hawkesworth said. "This should not have happened, and I tried my best to make sure it didn't happen."

Dash-cam video released from Hawkesworth's employer, the Island Taxi cab company, shows the brutal beating.

Police have identified the suspect from the video as 30-year-old Adam Kinosh. Investigators say Kinosh is a Gunnery Sergeant stationed at Camp Lejeune.

"I would like to see him stripped of his rank because I don't think he's deserving to be a Marine," Hawkesworth said.

Surf City police said that Gy. Sgt. Kinosh was picked up at the Trailer Bar at one a.m. last Sunday. The alleged attack occurred nearby at 1816 North New River Street in Surf City.

As a result of the assault, Hawkesworth says he suffered multiple facial fractures.  Now, Hawkesworth has metal plates near his cheekbone and eye socket.

"I've got this laceration here," said Hawkesworth, pointing to his face.  "I've got the broken bones around here, there's a few around the eye socket up in here."

Since the incident, Hawkesworth has not been able to eat solid food. Several fundraisers have been held to help with his medical bills.  Hawkesworth says he's humbled by the outpouring of support.

"We here in Surf City stand by our own," Hawkesworth said.  "It's outrageous, I just never expected this kind of support from any community."

Investigators believe Kinosh thought he was being ripped off on the cab fare and that's what led to the assault. Kinosh has been charged with misdemeanor and felony assault.  Police say Kinosh turned himself into a mental health evaluation center last week.

He will be arrested once he is released, police said.