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A U.S. marine is facing a felony charge of inflicting serious bodily injury after beating a cab driver to a pulp, and the entire incident was caught on tape.
Topsail Island, NC cab driver Charles Hawkesworth picked up a marine, identified as 30-year-old Gunnery Sgt. John Adam Kinosh. The two got into a dispute when a possibly intoxicated Kinosh accused Hawkesworth of trying to steal his money after the cab driver picked up another passenger while Kinosh was still in the car.
Though Hawkesworth told Kinosh that he would take him home alone, the marine went off and repeatedly punched the cab driver in the face. A camera installed in the car recorded the brutal beating.
According to Jalopnik.com, Hawkesworth suffered multiple fractures in his face, displacing part of his skull from his sinuses to his eye socket and cheekbone. Later this week he will have reconstructive surgery. He will get a titanium plate to fix the damage.
Businesses, bars, bands, restaurants, and residents in Topsail Island, NC are raising money for Hawkesworth's medical bills and living expenses while he recovers from his attack.
Watch the beating below and news coverage. Also you can go HERE to hear an interview with the cab driver
Brutal beating caught on tape.