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Video shows brutal assault on cab driver

By WCTI Staff
Published On: Sep 09 2012 10:59:38 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 10 2012 07:54:09 PM CDT

Courtesy Facebook: Rex Bowen

SURF CITY -

Authorities in Onslow County said the Camp Lejeune Marine wanted for an assault on a taxi driver over the weekend has turned himself into a mental health facility.

Video released from a Surf City Cab Company shows the brutal beating of one of its drivers over the weekend.  Police have identified the suspect from the video as 30-year-old Adam Kinosh.  Officials say Kinosh is a Gunnery Sergeant stationed at Camp Lejeune.

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

The video was released by Island Taxi Cab Company owner Rex Bowen. 

"In a million years, I'd never thought one of the customers would attempt to beat and kill one of my drivers," said Bowen. 

The driver of that cab has been identified as Charles Hawkesworth, 26.  Bowen says Hawkesworth has multiple facial fractures.

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 assault inflicting serious injury and communicating threats.  Police say Kinosh turned himself into a mental health evaluation center.  He will be arrested once he is released.