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's picture
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's picture
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's picture
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 $$$$.

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's picture
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!

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!

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."