SURF CITY, N.C. — A cab driver beaten by a passenger last weekend in an attack caught on tape is still recovering from his injuries.
According to officials, 30-year-old Marine Gunnery Sgt. John Adam Kinosh entered a cab driven by Charles Hawkesworth Jr. around 1 a.m. Sunday.
Hawkesworth told WECT he was picking up Kinosh from the Trailer Bar in Surf City to take him home.
There was a miscommunication about the fare and Kinosh got upset. The video shows the entire confrontation, ending in Kinosh attacking Hawkesworth, punching and hitting him several times.
According to a post on the Island Taxi Facebook page, the company was attempting to explain to the man how he would split a $25 fare with someone else and only pay $12. They described Kinosh as “intoxicated.”
The incident was caught on a dashboard camera installed inside the cab by Island Taxi in Surf City.
Surf City Police Chief Mike Halstead told WECT warrants have been obtained against Kinosh. However, he cannot be served until he is released from a psychiatric hospital. He entered the hospital after the incident.
WECT said Lejeune cannot discuss the incident or charges until the investigation is complete.
Rex Bowen, owner of Island Taxi, told WECT 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 stitches.
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