Video Shows Brutal Assault on Cab Driver
Suspect surrenders at mental health facility
WCTI TV, Sept. 9, 2012
BLOGBACK – This terrible assault should serve as another alarm to DoD leadership. While it is impossible to know conclusively the ‘why’ behind the violence recorded on the cab’s dash cam, it is likely — perhaps extremely likely — that the gunnery sergeant suffers after effects of his combat experiences overseas. Many who have little insight into what it’s like to serve during intense sustained combat may call for this Marine to be locked up and forgotten. However, there should be some pause before such conclusions. Easily missed is the fact that many troops experience behavioral impairments that result from irreversible physical changes that occur inside key parts of the brain during combat. The gunnery sergeant is reported to be an instructor at the Marine Corps Special Operations Command. He was awarded the Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal for combat valor in November 2010. There has been no shortage of reports chronicling the heavy stigma facing troops who seek out treatment for neuropsychiatric injuries. This is especially true within the special operations community. A Camp Lejeune psychiatrist was recently fired for making public allegations of serious mental health care deficiencies at the base. There was also a DoD investigation at Camp Lejeune that uncovered major problems with care for wounded Marines there, including those with psychiatric wounds. This information is not insignificant and should be considered as this crime is investigated. Also of note, a fundraising effort is underway to help the cab driver with his medical expenses.
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.
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