SPOKANE, Wash. -- Police have arrested 16-year-old Kenan Adams-Kinard less than a week after the alleged beating death of World War II veteran Delbert Belton.
Adams-Kinard is the second suspect along with 16-year-old Demetrius Glenn accused of killing 88-year-old Belton. Glenn is expected to have his first appearance in court on Monday, August 26th.
"We're confident we've built a very strong case against both individuals," said Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub in a press conference Monday morning.
Authorities said Adams-Kinard was arrested just after 3:00 a.m. Monday morning in a basement apartment on West Montgomery Avenue and North Stevens Street without incident. Police charged him with First Degree Robbery and First Degree Murder warrants.
Police credited good investigative work and follow-up on dozens of tips that led to the arrest of the suspect less than a week after the alleged fatal beating.
Police said three other arrests were made with Adams-Kinard for charges of rendering criminal assistance. Police said the other people arrested were also juveniles and were friends of Adams-Kinard. They face class B felonies.
Chief Straub stressed that the motivation for the alleged crime was robbery, not race. He also added that there was no gang activity regarding the alleged attack.
"These are two men that just spun out of control. And now they are arrested, and incarcerated," said Chief Straub.