Veteran Wounded In The Battle Of Okinawa, Beaten To Death By Teens

WWII Vet Delbert Belton

WWII Vet Delbert Belton

 

 

Our friends over at US Infantry sent us this awful story coming out of Spokane, Washington. Delbert Belton, an 88-year-old WWII Veteran that survived the Battle Of Okinawa after being wounded, was attacked and left for dead Wednesday evening.

According to KLXY.com,  Witnesses say Belton was in the parking lot of the Eagles Lodge at 6410 N. Lidgerwood, adjacent to the Eagles Ice-A-Rena, around 8 p.m. Wednesday when the two male suspects attacked him as he was about to head inside to play pool.

Police responded with K-9s to track the suspects’ scent but were not able to locate them.

 

“It does appear random. He was in the parking lot, it appears he was assaulted in the parking lot and there was no indication that he would have known these people prior to the assault,” Spokane Police Major Crimes Detective Lieutenant Mark Griffiths said.

 

 

Shorty,” as he was known by his friends at the Eagles Lodge, served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific during WWII and was shot in the leg during the Battle of Okinawa. He went on to work at Kaiser Aluminum at the company’s Trentwood plant for more than 30 years. Belton’s wife passed away several years ago.

 

He loved playing pool, even though he claimed he was no good at it and had been a member of the Eagles Lodge for the last four months. In addition to playing pool he loved working on cars.

 

Shorty was Ted Denison’s best friend of 23 years; the two played pool occasionally and worked on cars daily.

“He was always there for me when I needed him,” Denison said. “We’d joke back and forth. We were always having fun, some sort of fun.”

 

He was the kind of nice old man who’d become your friend in minutes.

 

“Probably every time I come into town, he’d have a project for me to do,” Denison said. “I thought of him more as a dad than I did a friend really.”

 

 

Mr. Belton died from his injuries Thursday morning at Sacred Heart Medical Center.

So there does not seem to be a motive as of yet, but if I had to guess, I would say robbery. I am sorry but this really pi***s me off! This man served his country, was wounded and survived, and these COWARDS attack him and beat him to death!!

He was 88 years old, and it took two of them to beat him? I want them caught and brought to justice! Lets get this story out to everyone, share it everywhere and let’s get these cowards caught and in a jail cell where they belong!

This man is a Hero, and to his family I would like to send our condolences and heart felt thanks for what he did for us and our Freedom. I am sure the PD will bring these two to justice, since this is now a Homicide investigation.

 

Here are the images provided from the surveillance camera of the two suspects, you can contact the Spokane PD here: Spokane Police Department Tipline (509) 242-TIPS (8477), if you have seen them or have other info.

If you have info, and do not want to contact the PD, you can email us and we will forward it on and keep you anonymous. We just want these cowards behind bars!

Homicide Suspect 1

Homicide Suspect 1

Homicide Suspect 2

Homicide Suspect 2

HELP US BRING JUSTICE TO THIS HERO!

 

Here is a Video with some small updates, people are placing flowers etc at the place where he was attacked.

Spokane, North Idaho News

 

Also there will be a candle light vigil held tonight(8/23) at 8:30 PM, at the Ice Arena where the attack happened.

UPDATE20130823:

SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane police have arrested one suspect, a juvenile male, in connection with the beating death of an 88 year old man earlier this week outside Eagles Ice-A-Rena.

The suspect was booked on 1st Degree Robbery and 1st Degree Murder charges. Thursday, security photos were released by officials showing two suspects in Wednesday’s deadly beating of 88-year-old Delbert Belton.

Witnesses described the suspects as 16 to 18-year-old African American males of average build, according to authorities. The identity of the suspect arrested Friday had not been released.

 

Sister-In-Law states the suspects beat Mr. Belton with large black flashlights.

UPDATE:

Police have released the name of the first suspect in the Murder/Robbery:

Spokane police have arrested one suspect, a juvenile male, in connection with the beating death of an 88 year old man earlier this week outside Eagles Ice-A-Rena.

Due to the severity of the crime, they have released the name of the juvenile arrested. Sources say Demetrius Glenn is in custody.

Glenn was booked on 1st Degree Robbery and 1st Degree Murder charges.

Sources sy Demetrius Glenn has a lenghty criminal history. He was convicted of assault and riot and was supposed to be in court on Aug 28 for another charge.

On Friday, the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that the victim, Delbert Belton, died of blunt facial and head injuries.

 

UPDATE:

Prosecutors have said 16 Year old Demetrius Glenn,  will be charged as an adult on counts of First Degree Murder and First Degree Robbery.

 UPDATE:

Here is the second suspect wanted in th Robbery and Murder of Mr. Belton.

murder

 

More photos of the second suspect who is still at large, these were gathered from his facebook page.

kinard

kinard2

 

And here is a link to his facebook page for more photos: Kenan Kinard

 

UPDATE: 20130824

A photo from last nights vigil honoring Shorty, this picture makes me proud!

Shorty's Vigil

Shorty’s Vigil

 

Police Chief Frank Straub is saying he believes an arrest of the second suspect is imminent, and that he has been deemed a threat to the community. A manhunt is underway at this time, anyone with information is asked to call the Spokane police department.

“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/

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

 

UPDATE:

A memorial fund has been established for the family of Delbert Belton.

The memorial fund has been set up through Wells Fargo Bank. Donations can be made to the Delbert Belton Memorial Fund in care of the Wells Fargo Bank Spokane Main Branch.

This is the ONLY official fund, please be wary of people that may try to take advantage of this situation and setup fake donation accounts!

UPDATE: 20130826:

BREAKING: Police say they have arrested the second suspect, Kenan Kinard, in the beating death of Mr. Belton. More on this as it comes available.

 

 

UPDATE: 20130826

Demetrius L. Glenn appeared before District Judge Richard Leland, presiding over a packed courtroom, set his bail at $2 Million, he said the brutality of the attack and vulnerability of the victim make the high bail proper.

Defense attorney Chris Phelps noted after the hearing that the case has gone viral on the Internet, with many people expressing strong opinions.

“The evidence doesn’t indicate what happened,” Phelps said, adding that eyewitnesses only reported “two kids running away.”

A second 16-year-old boy, Kenan Adams-Kinard, was arrested without incident early Monday on a warrant for first-degree murder and first-degree robbery. He has a court appearance scheduled for Tuesday and will also be tried as an adult.

“The two individuals we believe are responsible for the robbery and murder of Mr. Belton are in custody,” Police Chief Frank Straub said at a news conference.

Straub said it appeared that Belton fought back against his attackers, which may have increased the severity of his beating.

“Our information indicates the individual fought back and that may have made this a worse situation,” Straub said.

Nevertheless, “I encourage people to fight back” when attacked, Straub said.

Police received a tip early Monday about Adams-Kinard’s location, Straub said. Three other juveniles in the house with the suspect Monday were arrested for investigation of rendering criminal assistance, a felony.

 

UPDATE: 20130827

Kenan Kinard appeared before a judge today, he set his bail at $3 million. .

Kinard, 16, was arrested Monday morning in a North Spokane home near Montgomery and Stevens . He is one of two teenagers charged with the beating death of Delbert Belton, 88.

In court, the suspect claimed that he and Demetrius Glenn met Delbert Belton to buy crack. Kinard said Belton shorted them and that’s what initiated the attack.

Police said they have no evidence to support such a claim. Investigators called the claim “ridiculous.” Authorities are convinced this was a robbery that got out of control and there is no evidence to indicate the two suspects knew Belton.

Federal Agents, Major Crimes Detectives and undercover officers were on hand for Kinard’s court apperance to keep things under control.

 

UPDATE:21030828

Funeral Services for Mr. Belton have been announced.

Mr. Belton will be laid to rest with full military honors at Greenwood Memorial Terrace on Thursday, August 29 at 12 p.m. On August 30 at 2:00 p.m., the family will have a more intimate church service at North Hill Disciples of Christ. The public is invited to both events to show their respects.

If anyone attends either service, please send the family our condolences.

We will keep you updated here and on our Facebook page Stolen Valor

Update on this story here: Kenan Kinard Sentenced To 20 Years

 

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