After a WWII vet was beaten to death in his car in a senseless robbery by two 16-year-old teens, one teen has been arrested, but a manhunt is on for the second teen. “Delbert Belton was in the parking lot outside the Eagles Lodge in Spokane on Wednesday night, waiting for a friend to pick him to go bowling, when the two teens robbed and assaulted him, leading to his death, police Chief Frank Straub Jr. said,” according to an Aug. 23, 2013, CNN report.
For the beating of WWII vet, 88-year-old Delbert Belton, authorities in Spokane, Wash., arrested one of the two 16-year-old teens on Thursday night and charged him with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery.
As of Saturday morning, the other alleged suspect, 16-year-old Kenan Adams-Kinard, is still at large and is wanted. Despite being a juvenile, Spokane police have identified the second suspect in the beating and killing of the WWII vet because “he represents ... an actual danger to the community."
Both 16-year-old teen suspects had been arrested and convicted in the past for assault charges.
On Wednesday night, the 88-year-old WWII veteran was waiting in his car at the Eagles Lodge in Spokane, Wash., for a friend because he didn’t want her to have to walk in alone. The Eagles Lodge was one of Delbert Belton's favorite places where he enjoyed playing pool two or three times a week.
Delbert Belton was born and raised in Spokane and joined the Army during World War II. According to the WWII veteran’s sister, he was shot in the leg on Okinawa during one of the fiercest battles of the war in 1945. After WWII, Delbert Belton spent 33 years working for Kaiser Aluminum, before retiring in 1982.
While waiting for his friend in his car on Wednesday night, the two 16-year-old teens approached Delbert Benton and beat him. The WWII vet died from his serious head injuries in the hospital on Thursday.
“Police Chief Frank Straub said there was no information that the attack was motivated by anything other than robbery.”
Because of his height of little more than five feet, Delbert Belton was called “Shorty” by his friends. Besides playing pool, the WWII vet loved to dance and repair old cars. "He was very active and everybody liked him," said his niece Pam Hansen. "He'd never think about harming another person."
Pam Hansen believes that her uncle was targeted by the two teens “because of his age and size. He was defenseless.”
Alberta Tosh, Delbert Hanson’s sister, said about her brother on Friday that “he fought for this country. Then he comes home and a couple of creeps kill him in the worst way."