The Spokane Police Department has arrested a suspect and are searching for another in the brutal beating death of 88-year-old WWII veteran Delbert Belton.
Demetrius Glenn, 16, was reportedly taken into custody by police early Friday morning. He will be tried as an adult for first degree murder and robbery, KXLY-TV reports. Police are currently searching for the second suspect, identified as Kenan Adams-Kinard.
Glenn reportedly has a lengthy a criminal history. He has faced charges of malicious mischief, third and fourth degree assault and driving without a license, KHQ News reports. He was also reportedly involved in a “riot with a deadly weapon.”
Kinard also has a juvenile criminal history, but few details were immediately available.
Belton was pronounced dead early Thursday morning after being brutally beaten by the two teens in a parking lot on Wednesday evening.
The victim’s family spoke out on the tragic incident on Friday, revealing graphic details about the elderly man’s final moments.
Belton’s daughter-in-law, Bobbie Belton, told KREM-TV that the suspect’s beat her brother to death with “great big heavy flashlights.”
“The doctors said he was bleeding from all parts of his face,” she added.
“He fought for this country,” said Belton’s sister, Alberta Tosh, on Friday. “Then he comes home and a couple of creeps kill him in the worst way.”
The veteran, also known affectionately as “Shorty,” was wounded in the Battle of Okinawa. He was shot in the leg but heroically continued to fight.
This story has been updated.
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