The WWII vet beaten to death in Spokane was killed randomly during a robbery police said. Washington state authorities arrested a 16-year-old suspected in the World War II veteran's beating death Wednesday. Another juvenile suspected in killing 88-year-old Delbert Belton is still at large, according to an August 24 Chicago Tribune news report.
One suspect, 16, turned himself in Thursday after his photograph was released to the public shortly after the WWII vet, beaten brutally during an alleged robbery, was found in his car.
Another suspect, also 16-years-old, is still on the run and police are encouraging him to surrender peacefully.
Police say Belton, a military veteran who fought in the Battle of Okinawa, was meeting his friend in the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge that night.
At some point, the unidentified friend came upon the battered body of Belton, who was wedged in between the seats of his vehicle. He had what looked like "traumatic" injuries about his face, according to the friend.
The WWII veteran, beaten badly a short time earlier, was transported to a local hospital. There, doctors said his facial injuries were so extensive; they could not stop the bleeding.
Sadly, the war veteran died the next day from his traumatic injuries.
The man, who survived one of the fiercest battles in World War II, was "was shell-shocked real bad," said Alberta Tosh, his sister, citing a Christian Science Monitor report.
"But it got better," she added.
Spokane police used video surveillance footage from the lodge to identify two suspects that were seen running from the area the man was beaten.
Both teens have juvenile arrest records for assault.
"I don't really care what their motive was. We are not going to tolerate this. Such random attacks are rare in Spokane, a city of 210,000 people in eastern Washington," said Police Chief Frank Straub, who believes the capture of the second suspect in the beating death of the WWII veteran is near.
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