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

grumpy

A President should not comment on crimes like these. If he starts how can he choose which to comment on and which not to? He is screwed after the first time he mentions it as he will be held in contempt for not mentioning them all. It is better to not mention any cases. This one should have learned that after mentioning the case with the Harvard prof. Some folks need to be smacked upside the head with a 2x4 more than once to convince them I guess. Maybe a beer summit with someone would help. I would say have one with Shorty but that is no longer possible.

deertracker

A President has the same rights you do. He can choose to comment on things that are dear to him. The Harvard professor was in the right. He was not breaking any laws and simply stood his ground, literally! The cop did act stupidly. There was nothing about the professor that remotely suggested criminal.

grumpy

The cop followed the procedure from his department. Someone call the cops about two men breaking into a house. The cop went there and wanted to confirm that those in the house belonged there. The black prof didn't want to show he lived there. The cop called in more cops to witness what was going on. I guess you didn't follow the story to the end. the cop did what his department's procedure was. The black prof acted stupidly, he expected a cop to know him by sight. The black profs friend had to break in the door cause he didn't have his key with him. The civilian phoned the cops, the cops responded and followed procedure, the black professor wanted special treatment cause he was a well known professor... who the cop didn't know.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen...

deertracker

WRONG AGAIN. Like I said before, nothing about the professor suggested criminal and he refused to be treated like one on his own property. If the cops are on your property and you didn't invite them there they are trespassing. Oh and this call about two burglars, where were they? Was there any signs of a break in? Police lie and this guy knew his rights. Charges????????

grumpy

"WRONG AGAIN. Like I said before, nothing about the professor suggested criminal and he refused to be treated like one on his own property."

No you are wrong again. The driver could not open the door because it was jammed and he had to break in. The witness called the cops about a break in. The cop followed procedure and wanted proof that the prof belonged in the house and did not break in as was reported by the caller. That is procedure. Read the wiki. The prof behaved stupidly, as did the cop (For not breaking procedure), as did the president by speaking before he knew what the facts were.

As far as charges, did the prof press any? It isn't trespass when the prof let the cop in to begin with. The cop asked for ID. He was called to the address for a break in. Makes sense to ask for ID from those inside the house since he was responding to a call about a break in. But then that is common sense. Just like it is common sense to know that a criminal that breaks into houses would lie to a cop if found in a house he broke into. An ID shown would have solved the question. Criminals tend to lie to cops when first caught.

deertracker

We are talking about a little old man that needs a cane to get around. Why in the hell should he have to show an ID when in his own home? Common sense? You would have a fit if that happened to you! Cop lie too!

grumpy

Doubled

bearcat

He never did and he never said if I had a son he would look like Trayvon Martin like BIG MOUTH

Mr. D

Hey, come on! They are just kids! Just out gettin some skittles and tea! I mean. . . Gosh, they are really nice if you know them!

KnuckleDragger

Don't forget to throw some codeine in for good measure.

deertracker

I actually hope none of your kids ever get gunned down and left in the morgue for three days!

red white and blue

Its sad everyone wants to point out that its black its whites its mexican.ill tell u what it is quit arguing and having our gov.raise our kids! Go to work teach them respect and manners spend time with them give them a good home and some love and structure and lead your life they way you want them to lead there's .you want to get the attention of these kids and parents that are not doing there job ? Turn off cable tv the internet the game and make it to have welfare you have to have a diploma and pass a drug test and you get three months to find a job that's how we start a revalution! Instead of pointing the finger at who's falt it is and what race

Mr Bean

The media is wringing their hands, how can they use this to get the gun nuts? Hey, the white guy did "use" a gun once, on some island back in `44.
Shame on us---a Genuine American Hero has been beaten to death by a couple of animals.

gene44870

There are a lot of facters that should be taken in account
1 the victum in this case was a older person

2 He was a vet that serve our country and risked his life so that we could get online and talk smack

3 And if these kids will take and beat to death someone of this age , they have no morols and dont care about others .

4 And the kids ages should have nothin to do with what they should get for their care free deeds

5 If they will do something like this it tells me that they will more then likely repeat the crime and the law bidding residents should not have to live in fear that these guys could get out and hurt someone else

So as far as I can see , the death penality should be used and their ages should play no part in deciding . The Teens were old enough to beat to death this vet and didnt care as well as took the right to life away from the victim .So they should not have the right to live when they took the right to life away from another , not to mention a vet that risked his life so we could live free from people that take lives

And I dont care what color they are , They could be purple with pink stripes and I would say the same thing PIROD

santown419

I agree with you 100%

santown419

This is what I said before I don't give a damn what color. If you did the crime you should be held accountable. I do find myself getting into this race garbage yo much which is my fault.

arnmcrmn

fair point santown...... :)

santown419

Don't need the props. I'm still of anything that happens envolving someone black is always turned to a race issue by the same cowards who you won't and don't see anytime else and a lot of you guys jump on the bandwagon. When you have people who claim to be older being on that dumb ish its stupid. I'm adult enough to admit I let myself get drawn in sometimes. Why can't the ones who are in their 30+ get off that bs. I have one day off a week I would like to come on here and have a adult discussion instead of just because someone white was accused of a race crime Black's are not that's bs and dumb. Quit looking at conservative web sites who will always divide and instead ones who will look at both sides there are many out there.

goofus

I hope to God you can prove your last sentence like a source and the article of said conservative web site. Typical liberal use slander and not sources!!!!!!!

santown419

Don't need the props. I'm still of anything that happens envolving someone black is always turned to a race issue by the same cowards who you won't and don't see anytime else and a lot of you guys jump on the bandwagon. When you have people who claim to be older being on that dumb ish its stupid. I'm adult enough to admit I let myself get drawn in sometimes. Why can't the ones who are in their 30+ get off that bs. I have one day off a week I would like to come on here and have a adult discussion instead of just because someone white was accused of a race crime Black's are not that's bs and dumb. Quit looking at conservative web sites who will always divide and instead ones who will look at both sides there are many out there.

goofus

Once again I ask you were is the proof??????

deertracker

It's WHERE not were!

candleburner

Finally!!! Someone is talking some sense!!! Race doesn't matter, age doesn't matter!! All that matters is that a couple guys - and I'm purposely failing to call them kids because someone will I'm sure point out that I called them that - decided to take the life of another person, and these guys I'm sure are old enough to know right from wrong if one has already turned himself into police. In my opinion that doesn't give him any props, just proves the point that they're old enough to do the crime, they're old enough to do the time.

lifetimeresident

Just wondering if these are the kids at school with learning problems. Not bad learning problems, but the shy ones that need help. Or are these just plain thugs. If your a thug in school, most likely your a thug for life. But a killer?

kURTje

Don't make this colour. Don't make this political. Make this wrong. In this land small minds twist things for their vain thinking. That too is wrong.

rottnrog

BINGO !!!!

Pterocarya frax...

Oh but a whole bunch of haters are doing exactly that....making this about color...and making it political.

I can't wait till the conservatives elect a minority as president...or a woman. Oh wait, that will never happen from the party of angry old white guys.

KnuckleDragger

Actually many of us angry old white guys were pulling for Herman Cain.

Pterocarya frax...

Apparently not enough of you, because he won as many primaries and delegates as Rick Perry...ZERO.

deertracker

That was his "see, I told you I am not a racist" cry! Ignore it!

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