SPOKANE, Wash-- Police Chief Frank Straub held a brief press conference Friday about the investigation into the beating death of an 88-year-old World War II veteran. Straub stressed that the beating was not racially motivated.
One suspect is in custody for the beating death of Delbert Belton.
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Officers arrested Demetrius Glenn, 16, Thursday night in Spokane. He and Kenan Adams-Kinard, 16, do have gang ties according to Straub. Both teenage suspects are African American. However, Straub said the attack was not racially motivated.
Due to the severity of the crime, KREM 2 News is releasing the names of the juveniles suspected of the crime.
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Chief Straub said the two suspects were looking to commit a robbery in North Spokane on Wednesday night near Francis and Lidgerwood. Straub said that instead the suspects beat Belton with a flashlight outside of the Eagles Ice-A-Rena. He died Thursday morning.
Glenn was booked into Juvenile Detention on 1st Degree Robbery and 1st Degree Murder charges late Thursday night. The teen had a cut on his hand, according to court documents. He was scheduled to make his first court appearance for the murder and robbery charges Monday in Spokane. He is expected to be charged as an adult.
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Sources told KREM 2 News that Demetrius Glenn has a lengthy criminal history. He was convicted of assault and riot and was supposed to be in court on August 28th for another charge.
Detectives believe Glenn and Adams-Kinard were captured on security tape, around the time of the crime, at Arby's, Jack in the Box, Lowes & Eagles Ice-A-Rena. A school security officer also reportedly identified Demetrius Glenn as one of the men in the security photos.
On Friday, the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that the victim, Delbert Belton, died of blunt facial and head injuries.
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Court Documents also revealed Friday Belton was found at the scene of the assault lying in his vehicle with his body wedged between the front bucket seats. Detectives said a broken flashlight was recovered in the car.
Investigators said Belton was attacked in the parking lot behind the arena, belonging to the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He had just arrived in his car to play pool with a female friend. A witness said she saw two young men run away from Belton's car.
Belton had been taken to the Intensive Care Unit after the assault. Authorities said he suffered numerous facial factures and the blows to his head ultimately led to his death. A memorial was placed outside the lodge of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
Major Crimes is investigating and are asking anybody with information to please call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.