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

KnuckleDragger

^^this was HIS idiot see all can do is race bait. Get a life.

The Big Dog's back

People still don't get it. In the Trayvon case they let the shooter go, gave him back his gun, and believed everything the shooter said. This case they arrested one and are looking to arrest the other. BIG DIFFERENCE.

SamAdams

...and it turns out the cops were right to have let him go. After they (reluctantly) arrested Mr. Zimmerman, and after they (reluctantly) filed charges, Mr. Zimmerman was found to have acted in self defense just as he (and the police in their initial investigation) said all along. Still wishing an innocent man had either been badly hurt (or killed) instead, are you? Only in Ultra Liberal Land would THAT be "justice!"

The Big Dog's back

Wait a minute. Trayvon said Zim pushed him 1st and showed him his gun.

grumpy

troll

he said she said

Cowards. It's not a color thing or a political thing. These two are cowards. They had to attack someone together that could not defend themselves like someone in their 20's or 30's...they couldn't do it one on one...cowards.

The General

Lynch the c**k*ucker

Pterocarya frax...

And you wonder why the left screams racism so often???

KnuckleDragger

The left is full of racists, look no farther than deertracker, and big dog.

deertracker

POT MEET KETTLE!

The General

maybe you should stop playing the race card and deal with reality. An 89 yr old WW2 vet senselessly murdered by this piece of chitt! Your right though, lynching is to good for this scum

queenjhb

wrong is wrong = wrong, cruelty has no color, the perps are black = innocent ? Evil, believe it or not, may come in a black male. Truth hurts

BEHAPPY

Oooops~here we go again~EVERY time this happens (which is quite often I might add) and people get PI&&ED then we are called racist! Get over it already! If they want to go out and kill an 88 year old man or anyone else just because they feel like it~It's because they were/are picked on! WHAT??? RACE has nothing to do with it~YOU CANNOT MURDER SOMEONE AND GET AWAY WITH IT EVERYTIME YOU FEEL THE URGE! Where is the outrage? Why aren't we marching the streets?

The Big Dog's back

Feel free to march.

deertracker

Go for it!

goofus

And the perp involved in the killing of the Australian baseball player never said on the web that he hates white people!!! Tuffy Gesseling for president!!!!

deertracker

No law against hating anyone as long s you don't act on it. The kid was wrong for his actions but his thoughts are his own.

goofus

And the hate starts at young age
http://www.mrconservative.com/20...

deertracker

A 3 yr. old? Really? Get a life and quit trolling the net looking for any reason to cry racism!

goofus

Don't really need to, the net is full of blacks killing white folk on a daily basis. I wasn't a racist until the recent current events, now I'm proud to wear the badge of racism. I was brought up in a whites only town and now live in a gated florida community on a partial year term.P.S. Don't mean to scare you, but I own numerous guns!!!

deertracker

Scared? WTF ever. I own several guns too! Your point!?

goofus

The black girls taunting along with the boy should be old enough to know better.

sandtown born a...

Wow talk about the kettle and the pot

kURTje

Yet many forgot about the man chained behind a pick-up & drug to death. That too is wrong. Murder is murder - hate is hate.

Nemesis

Recently, in Connecticut, a couple thugs playing "the knockout game" or "polar bear hunting" as it's also called, picked The Wrong Guy. The victim didn't have a gun, but he had a knife and knew how to use it. One punk is dead and the other is in the hospital. Police investigated, and based on statements from the punks' own friends who had expected to watch them beat down a random innocent stranger walking home from work, filed no charges. In fact, they won't even release the man's name.

Wouldn't you know it, the punks' parents are comparing them to Trayvon and screaming about the "injustice."

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