One of two teenagers suspected in the beating death of a WWII veteran has been arrested.
Police told his daughter-in-law, Bobby, that he was beaten with heavy flashlights in the assault which left him bleeding ‘from every part of his face’.
Witnesses to the attack said that Belton, who was going to play pool, was outside the Eagles Lodge at around 8pm when two male suspects set upon him.
A friend said the veteran had just pulled up and was waiting for a female friend so she didn’t have to walk in alone.
“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,” Spokane Police Major Crimes Detective Lieutenant Mark Griffiths said.
The Spokane Review reported police were searching for two black males, ages 16-19, both wearing dark clothing and one wearing a do-rag.
Police later reported the arrest of one of the suspects.