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Police arrest juvenile male in beating death of 88-year-old vet; other suspect at large

SPOKANE, Wash. — Police said they arrested one juvenile male in connection with the beating death of an 88-year-old WWII veteran Wednesday.

The suspect has been charged with first degree murder and first degree robbery. His name has not yet been released because of his age.

The other suspected killer is still on the loose.


Spokane authorities are seeking these two suspects in the beating death of an 88-year-old veteran. (Spokane Police Department)

The Spokane Police Department said in a press release officers responded to reports of an assault and found the victim in his car with serious head injuries on Wednesday evening. He later died in the hospital.

Authorities on Thursday released surveillance photos of the two suspects, who they describe as black males between the ages of 16 and 19.

Friends identified the victim as Delbert Belton, and say he was sitting outside a lodge for the Fraternal Order of the Eagles when he was attacked. He died in the hospital Thursday from head wounds.

KXLY-TV reports that Belton served in Army during World War II and was shot in the leg during the Battle for Okinawa. He was also a lifetime steelworker.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Spokane Police at 509-456-2233.


26 Comments to “Police arrest juvenile male in beating death of 88-year-old vet; other suspect at large”

    Tolly371 said:
    August 23, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    Will the suspect be charged with a hate crime? Will Sharpton, Winfrey, Jackson speak out in defense? Is this another son of the POTUS? Inquiring minds want to know.

      Dick said:
      August 23, 2013 at 7:48 AM

      Why do you repeat the same gibberish everyday? Inquiring minds want to know.

      Joe said:
      August 23, 2013 at 8:26 AM

      Je$$ie Jack$on and Al $harpton don't care, they're hypocrites pretending to be victims whenever they can exploit the cry in order to hustle some move cash as race pimps.

        Abe said:
        August 23, 2013 at 10:39 AM

        Why do you repeat the same gibberish everyday? Do you get paid to be a dumb ass?

    Joe said:
    August 23, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    This is why nobody trusts these people, they have walnuts for brains and ever hispaniics like Zimmerman are afraid of them and this is why Travon Martin was shot.

    This is more proof these people are just animals, too bad for the world they breed like rats.

    takebackamerica said:
    August 23, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    Arrested one "juvenile" male… or just another scumbag black male. The old guy is a war hero and a piece of American history only to be taken down by a piece of shit.

    A. Campbell said:
    August 23, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Where's our leader in the whitehouse, why is he and Sharpton And Jackson not spewing there big mouths.

      Sgt Wark, USMC said:
      August 23, 2013 at 9:44 AM

      Because the President is a racist, it's painfully obvious now is it not?

    jeff said:
    August 23, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    There's not going to be any comments from the first African American United States President, but his slut mother was white, what's up with that? Maybe, it's time to flood the market with more concealed weapons permits for law biding individuals for protection from these Black African American rap listening thugs? What is all this talk about bullying? Isn't this the ultimate bullying?

      Kit said:
      August 23, 2013 at 12:43 PM

      The President doesn't have time to comment on every murder happening in the USA. Get a life.

        Anonymous said:
        August 23, 2013 at 3:44 PM

        He only comments when it suits his agenda duh!

    Sgt Andrew Wark said:
    August 23, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    This much I swear upon the very altar of God, an individual does so much as harms a single member of my family…. I, a US Marine, will come and hunt you down with a fireteam of my colleagues, you will be captured, you will be interrogated to get locations of accomplices, you will all be lined up against a wall and you will all eat your own stomach before you die.
    This much I swear on all that's holy will be your fate if you TOUCH one of my family members. Absolutely not a threat at all, in no way is that a threat. It's a fact, a promise, a guarantee. So I suggest you do not touch a single person in my family or I'm coming and hell will follow me.

    "No better friend, no worse enemy" -US Marines

    Jev said:
    August 23, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    And they want to know why people are racist. Sorry libtards and black people. This is far too typical behavior to be coincidence. Look at the stats… or ignore them and keep watching CNN and NBC.

      Abe said:
      August 23, 2013 at 10:37 AM

      Are you wearing your KKK outfit today? You sound pretty stupid.

        Liv said:
        August 24, 2013 at 3:02 PM

        You sound like a little naive libtard troll. Keep defending them hippy.

    guest said:
    August 23, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    now we know where racial profiling came from and why it is justified

    PaytonB said:
    August 23, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Petition to have this horrible crime publicly addressed:

    Guest said:
    August 24, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    Nothing will happen to these guys. They are in the company of soft on crime liberals who will want to give them milk and cookies before bed every night.

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