Marine Faces Felony Charge in Cabbie's Beating

A Marine accused of assaulting a cab driver early Sunday morning is now facing a felony charge.

On Wednesday, Ernie Lee, district attorney for Onslow County, said he has reviewed the video of the attack and that after a continued investigation, a new charge of assault inflicting serious bodily injury, a felony, has been issued as well.

The video shows the cab driver, Charles Hawkesworth, being pummeled by his passenger, allegedly Gunnery Sgt. John Adam Kinosh, who is stationed with Marine Special Operations Command Special Operations School, headquartered at Camp Lejeune.

Kinosh was charged on Sunday with assault inflicting serious injury and communicating threats. Both charges are misdemeanors.

In a Facebook update on Wednesday, Brittany Schwartz, Hawkesworth's girlfriend, stated that Hawkesworth will need two titanium plates to reconnect his cheekbone and eye socket.

"The other fractures should be able to grow back together on their own," she stated. "Charles should only be out of commission for two weeks, and then should be able to get back to a semi-normal life."

Col. James Glynn, commanding officer of MarSOC SOSC, stated in an email release that the command is aware of the circumstances surrounding the incident.

"We are fully cooperating with local officials to get to the bottom of this matter quickly and efficiently," he stated.

On Monday, Chief Mike Halstead of the Surf City Police Department said that Kinosh had checked himself into a "mental evaluation center" and warrants had not yet been served.

Attempts to contact Halstead on Thursday about Kinosh's whereabouts and the status of the warrants were unsuccessful.

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