SURF CITY, NC (WECT) – According to a video posted on Facebook Sunday afternoon, a cab driver was attacked in Surf City overnight. The stamp on the video said it happened just after 1 a.m. Sunday morningMore >>
Surf City Police Chief Mike Halstead said warrants have been obtained against 30-year-old Gunnery Sgt. John Adam Kinosh in the beating of driver Charles Hawkesworth Jr. Listen to the 911 call from the incident inside. More >>
SURF CITY, NC (WECT) – A marine accused of attacking a cab driver earlier this month appeared in court Wednesday in Onslow County for charges of felony assault inflicting serious bodily injury.
Gunnery Sgt. Adam Kinosh, 31, was charged Tuesday by the Surf City Police Department. The marine was able to post a $20,000 within 20 minutes of the arrest.
A judge increased Kinosh's bond Wednesday to $50,000. According to Camp Lejeune, Kinosh posted bond and was taken to Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune and admitted for evaluation and safekeeping.
Kinosh is accused of beating taxi driver Charles Hawkesworth and shattering his cheek bone. Hawkesworth had reconstructive surgery at UNC hospital where two titanium plates were put in his face.
The taxi driver was assaulted while working in Surf City earlier this month. The vivid beating was caught on camera, thanks to surveillance videos installed inside Hawkeworth's cab. In the video you can see Kinosh repeatedly hitting the taxi driver in the face.
Kinosh checked himself into a psychiatric hospital in Wilmington immediately after the incident. Authorities were waiting for his release to press charges.