SPOKANE, Wash. — Police have arrested one of two teens suspected of fatally beating an 88-year-old veteran of World War II who had survived the battle for Okinawa.
Police contend that two 16-year-old boys approached Delbert Belton in his car at random on Wednesday night outside an Eagles Lodge as he was waiting for a friend.
Belton was found by police with head injuries and died in the hospital Thursday.
Belton’s death has struck a chord nationally and sparked outrage on social media.
‘‘He fought for this country,’’ said Belton’s sister, Alberta Tosh. ‘‘Then he comes home and a couple of creeps kill him in the worst way.’’
Police Chief Frank Straub said there was no information that the attack was motivated by anything other than robbery. Police were offering no details about the crime itself.
Police say the arrested teen was being held on charges of robbery and murder.
Straub identified the suspect still at large as Kenan D. Adams-Kinard, 16. Even though he is a juvenile, his name was released because he is a danger to the community, Straub said.