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SURF CITY, NC (WECT) -- Video from inside a taxi cab shows someone attacking the
driver of the Surf City, NC cab driver. The attack happened early Sunday
morning. The stamp on the video said it happened just after 1:00 Sunday morning
on North New River Road between Third and Fourth Streets.
The video shows a passenger start to attack Charles
Hawkesworth Jr, a cab driver with Island Taxi.
Surf City Police Chief Mike Halstead said warrants
have been obtained against 30-year-old Gunnery Sgt. John Adam Kinosh.
Rex Bowen, owner of Island Taxi, told WECT.com Sunday night that
Hawkesworth has been released from the hospital and recovering at home. He said
the victim suffered multiple fractures to his face and received about 15
Island Taxi suspended operations Sunday, according to
Bowen. He explained the business no longer provides shared rides, because
of the incident.
"We used to pick up a couple people if they were
all going in the same direction," he said.
Before the attack, the owner installed video cameras
into all of his cabs to ensure the safety of his drivers and passengers. He
said he's been in business for five years and this is the first time one of his
drivers has ever been assaulted.
that something like this would happen and I would have to change. We try to be
a friendly business," he said.
Hawkesworth filed arrest warrants for the man who
attacked him, according to Bowen.
"He is a danger," said Bowen.
According to Chief Halstead, Kinosh will be charged
with two counts of assault inflicting serious injury and one count of
communicating threat. He said the Marine checked himself into a psychiatric
hospital and are waiting until he's released to serve the warrants.
Police said Kinosh is assigned to Marine Corps Forces
Special Operations Command at Stone Bay. Bowen said the fact that the suspect
is a Marine makes the situation even more disturbing.
amazes me that the guy flipped the way he did . I understand he's checked
himself into a mental institution to avoid prosecution. That bothers me even
more," Bowen said.
Friends and family members have created a Facebook page to support Hawkesworth. They are hoping the
well wishes and support will help in the recovery process.