Demetrius Glenn, a 16-year-old from Spokane, Wash., was identified as one of the suspects in the fatal beating of World War II veteran Delbert Belton, it was reported. The other suspect, Kenan Adams Kinard, who is around the same age, is still at large.
Alex Rozier of KHQ-TV reported that Glenn is facing first-degree murder and robbery charges.
KHQ reported that court documents said his name was also spelt Demetruis Glenn, but was later corrected to Demetrius.
“I’m told by juvenile court that if the court decides to charge Glenn as an adult then he may make his first appearance on Monday,” Rozier wrote on Twitter. He is now on the juvenile docket but will likely be charged as an adult.
Rozier said the other suspect in the case is Kinard, born in 1997, and is likely driving a stolen vehicle. He is still at large, but Rozier says police are searching for him.
Rozier wrote that Glenn had run-ins with the law, including allegedly taking part in a “riot with a deadly weapon.”
In the incident, police say two young males beat Belton, 88, while he was in his car outside of a lounge. He was discovered with severe head injuries and died on Wednesday.
“It does appear random,” Spokane police Lt. Mark Griffiths told CNN. “It appears [Belton] was assaulted in the parking lot and there was no indication that he would have known these people prior to the assault.”
On Twitter, an account registered to “Demetruis Glenn,” who shares the same picture that Rozier tweeted, says that he plays “Foot-ball,Run Tracc,Get Money Do What i do [sic].”
A memorial was set up at the crime scene for Belton. Many locals and netizens condemned the senseless violence of the incident.
“Del will be missed. I lived next to him for the past 17 years. He was a good guy. This is totally senseless,” wrote a commenter, Matt Buster, on the KXLY article.
Belton fought in the Battle of Okinawa, and he was shot in the leg. He later worked at an aluminium plant for 30 years.