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) – The cab driver attacked in September in Surf City while driving his cab came face to face Tuesday with the marine accused beating him.
Gunnery Sergeant Adam Kinosh is accused of seriously injuring cab driver Charles Hawkesworth while trying to get a ride home. The entire incident was caught on camera.
Kinosh requested a bond hearing to change the terms of his agreement. According to a post on Facebook, Kinosh wants to go out of town for treatment, but terms of his bond keep him in Camp Lejeune.
District Judge Paul Hardison approved the marine's request to go thru 28 days of treatment at a facility in either Virginia or Texas. Programs at the facilities can do a dual diagnosis for alcoholism and PTSD.
Kinosh must provide the court the specific location of the treatment facility before he enrolls and will be escorted by the Marine Corps to and from the location.
Hardison said Kinosh must report back to command daily that he is, in fact, at the facility and the Crops will make weekly on-site visits to ensure Kinosh is getting treatment.
According to the judge, if Kinosh leaves the facility his bond will be revoked and there will be an automatic warrant issued for his arrest.
Hawkesworth was in the courtroom Tuesday but showed no reaction to the judge's ruling. He decline to comment on the situation after the bond hearing was finished.
The cab driver's girlfriend, Brittany Schwartz, said Monday that Hawkesworth probably wouldn't comment on the situation. She did say, however, "Being there and making sure it is known that he is NOT okay with the idea of Kinosh being allowed to leave the state is the most he's been able to do for himself since it happened."