SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spokane police have arrested one suspect, a juvenile male, in connection with the beating death of an 88 year old man earlier this week outside a Washington ice arena.
The suspect was booked on 1st Degree Robbery and 1st Degree Murder charges.
Thursday, security photos were released by officials showing two suspects in Wednesday's deadly beating of 88-year-old Delbert Belton.
Witnesses described the suspects as 16 to 18-year-old African American males of average build, according to authorities. The identity of the suspect arrested Friday had not been released.
The victim, Delbert "Shorty" Belton, had been taken to the Intensive Care Unit after the assault at the Eagles Ice-A-Rena at Francis near Lidgerwood around 8:15 p.m. Officials said they found him with serious head injuries. He died Thursday morning at a local hospital. A memorial was placed outside the lodge of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
Investigators said Belton was attacked in the parking lot behind the arena, belonging to the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He had just arrived in his car to play pool with a female friend. A witness said she saw two young men run away from Belton's car. She found him by his vehicle badly beaten.
"He was an Army veteran," said Glenn Longsdorff, Belton's roommate of four years. "In fact, he was shot when he was 18-years-old on the beaches of Okinawa. He'll do anything in the world for anybody."
The Eagles Ice-A-Rena released a statement on Thursday which said in full:
"We are deeply saddened by the events that occurred last night. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim's family and friends. Our hearts go out to everyone touched by this tragedy.
"We are cooperating with law enforcement during their investigation of this incident. Because this is an on-going investigation we are unable to make any further comment.
"Any further questions should be directed to the Spokane Police Department.
Major Crimes is investigating and are asking anybody with information to please call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.