Teen suspect in veteran's beating death caught

Another still at large in random attack
Associated Press
Aug 24, 2013

Delbert Belton survived the battle of Okinawa, but he lost his life this week in the parking lot of an Eagles Lodge in north Spokane.

Spokane police were still looking for one of two teens suspected in the beating death of the 88-year-old World War II veteran.

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

Officers found Belton with serious head injuries, and he died in the hospital Thursday.

One of the teens surrendered to authorities Thursday night, and he was being held on charges of robbery and first-degree murder. His identity has not been released because he is a juvenile.

Police Chief Frank Straub identified the suspect still at large Friday as 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.

The Associated Press doesn’t usually name juvenile suspects but is identifying Adams-Kinard because of the manhunt.

“We are asking the community’s assistance to locate him,” Straub said. “We are asking Mr. Kinard to surrender immediately.

“He displayed very aggressive and violent conduct with his assault of Mr. Belton,” Straub said, adding that he believed the arrest of the second suspect was imminent.

Both teens have juvenile court records and past convictions for assault, Straub said.

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

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

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.” Such random attacks are rare in Spokane, a city of 210,000 people in eastern Washington, Straub said.

Straub also offered his condolences to Belton’s family.

“He is a World War II veteran who suffered injuries in Okinawa,” Straub said. “The Spokane Police Department has been working tirelessly to identify and apprehend the suspects.”

Belton was born and raised in Spokane and joined the Army during World War II. His sister said he was shot in the leg on Okinawa, site of one of the fiercest battles of the war in 1945.

“He was shell-shocked real bad,” said Tosh, 78. “But it got better.”

After the war, he spent 33 years working for Kaiser Aluminum before retiring in 1982.

In retirement, Belton loved to dance, play pool and repair old cars, family members said.

“He was very active and everybody liked him,” said niece Pam Hansen. “He’d never think about harming another person.”

Belton was called Shorty by his friends because he was little more than 5 feet tall, Hansen said.

She believes he was targeted by the assailants because of his age and size.

“He was defenseless,” Hansen said.

 

 

Comments

bondgirlM

Yep and I find it funny that Obama identifies with a black youth that was involved in a crime that he thought would turn out to be a victim but doesn't identify with the MANY black youths that are the perpetrators of deadly crimes. Can't have it both ways. And to answer your questions Sandtown. I am not the one who paralleled myself with anyone. Obama did parallel himself with someone. Just drawing comparisons is all :)

deertracker

I don't quite see the humor. Martin was not involved in a crime and what Obama was identifying with was the challenges of growing up black in America. Especially, as a young black man. If you are not Black, you cannot identify with a black man's experiences so you are speaking out of turn. Also, the President has spoken about urban violence. Pay attention!

SamAdams

Martin wasn't involved in a crime? Oh, pardon the REST of us for still considering assault to be a criminal act. Our bad!

deertracker

If you consider walking while black a crime then I guess in your mind he was a criminal. If you pursue me and approach me with a gun I have the right to STAND MY GROUND! Your bad!

KnuckleDragger

Assault and Battery is a crime in all 50 states. You are growing more ignorant by the day. So now what you are implying is we should excuse young black men of their crimes simply because they are black? I'll keep praying that someday you will pull your head out of your tush.

The Big Dog's back

Still have the racist mentality ehh knuckle. sam, ahhh nevermind.

deertracker

No, I am suggesting you leave them alone when they are minding their business. What is so hard about that?

nobodycares

Just another dumb n word.......wheres jesse and al.

santown419

Guess what noboycares. If so worried quit being lazy and do what they do show up.

santown419

Guess what noboycares. If so worried quit being lazy and do what they do show up.

arnmcrmn

santown...please go back and get a refund for whatever English class you took. Or are you da ebonics man.

santown419

I learned from your family.

arnmcrmn

failed attempt yet again.

rottnrog

What a bunch of idiots on here !! I am sure those 2 who did this were thinking of politics the whole time they were robbing and beating him!!

deertracker

You are right. The right wants to make every crime about race except for the ones that are.

bearcat

rottnrog it's not what they thought that makes it political it's where is Big MOUTH OBAMA NO COMMENT ON THIS TYPE OF CRIME

rottnrog

How many crimes like this did bush comment on? The right uses things like this to show their true racism !!!

There you go again

Why would Bush comment? Obama was trying to defend the blacks and ends up dividing the nation! I think Obama has his own problems to deal with.........

deertracker

His only problem is rightwing dingbats that would rather see America fail than him succeed!

SamAdams

The ACTUAL problem is that America fails if Obama DOES succeed! And unfortunately for us, he's been successful a little too often. If the negative effects didn't impact ALL of us, I'd enjoy seeing him succeed even more just so I could point, laugh, and say, "I TOLD you so!" when the inevitable collapse and intrusive government oversight stamps out the few liberties and steals the last dollars we have left. As it is, "I told you so" is going to be pretty small comfort since everybody to be suffering right along with you...

deertracker

They and YOU don't want this man to succeed because he is black. He has not hurt this country. He's half white so he should be able to get some credit! Your taxes have decreased, the deficit is a bit lower, Americans have a shot at healthcare ins. and on and on and on. I won't even start about the market. If you are suffering it is not because of anything Obama did!

Webster

President Bush didn't use local crime incidents to further a radical agenda like the current President along with Sharpton and Jesse Jackson does on a regular basis when it fits their far left views. Another example of racists are not limited to any one race.

The Big Dog's back

Terri Schiavo?

deertracker

Say no more!

KnuckleDragger

Wow, it took you a full 5 hrs to log back in under your other account. A little slow today?

SamAdams

Let's see: No crime. No racism. The relevance here is...?

The Big Dog's back

You really are clueless aren't you. Are you a blond?

deertracker

So is GI Joe!

2cents

When George Bush ran for office he said he would "NOT" micromanage the presidency and that he would surround himself with good people that would report to him. His philosophy!

On the other hand we have?

http://answers.yahoo.com/questio...

deertracker

He didn't manage anything! 9/11? Bush is the Jimmy Carter of the republican presidents!

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