August 23, 2013

Teenager arrested in death of World War II veteran

Spokane, Wash., police say two young men, between 16 and 19 years old, approached Delbert Belton in his car outside an Eagles Lodge as he was waiting for a friend.

The Associated Press

SPOKANE, Wash. - Police in Spokane, Wash., have arrested one of two teenagers suspected of fatally beating an 88-year-old veteran of World War II who survived the battle for Okinawa.

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This image from surveillance video provided by the the Spokane, Wash., Police Department shows a person authorities say is a suspect in the beating death of an 88-year-old Delbert Belton outside an Eagles lodge in Spokane.


Police contend that two 16-year-old boys approached Delbert Belton in his car at random Wednesday night outside an Eagles Lodge as he was waiting for a friend.

Belton was found by police with serious head injuries and died in the hospital Thursday.

Belton's death has struck a chord nationally and sparked outrage on social media.

"He fought for this country," Belton's sister, Alberta Tosh, said Friday. "Then he comes home and a couple of creeps kill him in the worst way."

Police Chief Frank Straub said there was no information that the attack was motivated by anything other than robbery. Police were offering no details about the crime itself, including what was taken, if anything.

"I don't really care what their motive was," Straub added. "We are not going to tolerate this."

Police say the arrested teenager was being held on charges of robbery and first-degree murder.

Straub identified the suspect still at large as 16-year-old Kenan D. Adams-Kinard.

Even though he is a juvenile, his name and photo were released because he remains a danger to the community, Straub said.

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