SPOKANE, WA - An 88-year-old WWII veteran survived being shot in action during the Battle of Okinawa, only to be beaten to death by two teenagers at the Eagles Lodge in Spokane.
Delbert “Shorty” Belton was headed inside the Eagles Lodge to play pool at around 8 p.m. Wednesday when he was attacked by two teens in the parking lot.
“It does appear random. He was in the parking lot, it appears he was assaulted in the parking lot and there was no indication that he would have known these people prior to the assault,” said Spokane Police Major Crimes Detective Lieutenant Mark Griffiths.
Belton survived the initial assault, but died on Thursday morning at Sacred Heart Medical Center from severe head injuries. A motive for the assault has not been officially released, but a friend of Belton’s says that the man was robbed.
“Those people to me are cowards,” said Glenn Longsdorff, Belton’s roommate. “They are cowards when they beat old people that are defenseless. They need to be caught. Period. Because that’s senseless. Beating an old man, what kind of person does that? But a wimp to me.”
Hell of a thing, ya know? When Belton was around the age of the two shit-stains accused of beating him to death, he wasn’t out robbing elderly people in parking lots. He was a soldier in the United States Army taking a bullet to the leg during the Battle of Okinawa.
Spokane police need help locating the two suspects, described as African Americans between 16 and 19 years old. One suspect was described as heavy set and wearing all black clothing, while the other was described as being about 6 feet tall and 150 pounds wearing a silk do-rag.
Police have released surveillance footage that captured the two suspects in hopes that it will lead to the suspects’ quick identification and arrest. If you have any information on these two cowards, you are asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.Beating, Crime, Delbert Belton, Murder, Robbery, Washington