Working as cab driver can be an extremely hazardous affair, which is probably why some taxi owners have started to install cameras facing towards the passenger area in their vehicles.
One such recording device captured dramatic footage of a cab driver who was brutally attacked inside his vehicle by a young man in Surf City, North Carolina, at around 1:00 Sunday morning.
The attacker was later identified as Gunnery Sgt. John Adam Kinosh of the MARSOC Special Operations School at Stone Bay.
Video footage released by Rex Bowen, the owner of Island Taxi, shows the 30-year old marine yelling and threatening the cab driver, Charles Hawkesworth Jr., and shortly after physically assaulting him.
Bowen told JDNews that Hawkesworth treated at Onslow Memorial Hospital for multiple facial bone fractures and other injuries but has since been released.
“I’ve been in business here for five years and I’ve never had an incident like this,” Bowen said. “I started this business as a way to get people home safe. What happened is just senseless.”
Chief Mike Halstead of the Surf City Police Department said that right after the attack Kinosh signed himself in a psychiatric unit of a Wilmington behavioral hospital so they cannot serve the warrants until he is released.
Halstead noted that Kinosh will be charged with misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury, assault inflicting serious injury and communicating threats. He added that the U.S. Marine cannot be charged with felony-level offenses since he did not use any weapons nor did he rob the cab driver.
“Because he used his hands to commit the assault, it was a misdemeanor,” Halstead said.
Video footage of the assault follows below, but be warned, as it contains foul language as well as scenes that some viewers may find disturbing.