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

AEversole

Were are the parents. We need to be held more accountable, in how we raise our children.....hid bless the victem and his family

8ballinthesidepocket

Are you serious? Almost 75% are born into single parent homes with no clue of who or where the missing spouse is. It is an epidemic as well as a national and cultural tragedy. Where are the leaders? What are tey doing to turn this situation around. The problem begins at home, trouble is nobody is home!

Licorice Schtick

This story has nothing to do with Sandusky. Here, with the mugshot, it's just a race-baiting troll, and it's working.

Run story with black person's face, racists rant. Clicks = $$$

KnuckleDragger

This has nothing to do with racism. What has been said about it being a cultural problem is the truth, backed by nearly 3 decades of sociological research. With the vast majority of black children being born to single parent homes, coupled with parental apathy it is no wonder we are seeing more of this. I got news for you, it is also increasing in white single parent households. This is more a problem with our country's culture than anything.

Instead of throwing out the race card, how about trying to have an adult discussion and throw around some ideas that would help put a stop to this?

grandmasgirl

Agreed. We need to teach our children morals. We need to teach them to work for what they want. We need to teach them love.

Tool Box

I'm sure that this is the white man's fault in some way.

AEversole

God bless

Webster

Will President Obama, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson be outraged and demand justice? Was it a hate crime, will Attorney General Holder order the FBI to investigate, was this victim's civil right violated?
Will there be large scale protests demanding justice? Would this suspect look like the President's son if he had one? How will the administration blame guns for this act of violence?

lor70

My thoughts exactly!! Where is the media? Why isn't our president having a press conference??! Double standards!! Poor man!

arnmcrmn

The media and the big mouths (including Obie) will be "hush hush" on this, just like they are every time it doesn't involve another race killing a black person.

bearcat

yep looks like one of OBAMA'S BOYS but he won't comment on it

rottnrog

WOW, 2 IDIOT juveniles who happen to be black commit a horrible crime and right wing WACKO IDIOTS waste no time turning it political!! What a sad state this country is in !!!

mikeylikesit

don't let the truth upset you..

SamAdams

Wow. One violently assaulted Hispanic man defends himself, and an IDIOT President interjects himself into the mix and implies racism (the self defense was proved in court; repeated investigations show no racism) to the point of solemnly proclaiming the "victim" looked like his hypothetical son. And yet SEVERAL white people are brutally targeted and killed by teens who, by definition, ALSO look like the President's hypothetical son, and the silence from the White House is deafening.

NOBODY, right or left, should be silent in the face of the shooting in Oklahoma or the beating in Washington. And yet, strangely enough, those on the left are echoing the President. In other words, they've nothing to say. Is that because it doesn't further their "cause?" Or have they really compensated so much for their own racism and accompanying guilt that they truly value white lives less than others?

When somebody dies senselessly like this, shouldn't we ALL feel the loss? And when we know who committed the act, shouldn't we universally condemn it for what it is? And shouldn't the bottom line ALWAYS be that the HUMAN killed was innocent, and the HUMANS who killed him/her are evil? Note the lack of color descriptors here before the word "human."

lor70

AMEN!!!

KnuckleDragger

Yup that is nearly as bad an adult hispanic male defending himself against a black man committing a horrible crime and left wing WACKO IDIOTS waste no time turning into a race issue!!! What a sad state this country is in.

Minuteman

This is going on all over the country. These kids aren't born this way, they are taught to hate, and their culture reinforces hate and crime. It's not black culture, it's the thug culture. It was created in the ghettos and inner cites where dependence on the government was and is encouraged while education was downsized and the family unit discouraged. All to keep a political party in power. Today marks 50 years since the march on Washington. Many should wake up to the fact that life is worse for blacks today than it was then. All for political power. If I were a member of the party that is responsible, I would try to blame the other party to get the heat off me and my party, which enjoys nearly complete support of those who are being held down like slaves.

santown419

What party is that. I hope not the republicans if so you have to be joking and don't quit your day job.

gene44870

Are you sirous ? Iam sorry but you cant blame politics on pure hate .I knew the difference between right and wrong at the age of ten years old ,these boys are no different and you cant tell me or other readers on here with common sense any different .

Doug7880

why is this not a hate crime?

mikeylikesit

because apparently, you gotta be white to commit a hate crime..

kURTje

Minuteman you are right. Thug culture.

There you go again

Anybody else see a pattern in the recent murders/attacks committed in Oklahoma, Florida, Washington?!?!

santown419

Whats the pattern ik Oklahoma on we two blacks and one white. Its been proven the white was the thug leader.

2cents

Trigger man is the leader!

There you go again

Santown419-Trying to read through your typos but I think you are trying to say that there was a black man in every attack/ murder mentioned- 3 on the school bus, attack on the elderly, killing the OK baseball student. So what was your point again?

2cents

Full blue moon : )

bondgirlM

If Obama had a son he would look like......

santown419

And if you had a dad he would look like that 70 year old who killed a 13 year old in Milwaukee while he was bringing in the trash cans. Pretty coincidence isn't it?

2cents

Was that a 13 year old that shot the baby in the head for fun? Out of control at any age. In the news a 8 year old shot his nanny in the head after watching violent video games, he just wanted to see what it was like. Thank you Hollywood liberals, make some more blood $$$$.

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