Charges include conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity including murder, arson and sex trafficking
If you know the whereabouts of Timothy “Slice” Diaz or Sean “Big Body” Pena, you are urged to contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation at 317-595-4000 or Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives at 1-800-ATF-GUNS. If you see these individuals on the streets, please call 9-1-1.
January 24, 2017-United States Attorney David Capp announced the indictment of 12 alleged gang members from Hammond, Highland and East Chicago. Those indicted were:
Jeremiah Shane Farmer, 35, of Hammond, IN
Lazaro Francisco Delgado-Gonzalez, Jr. a/k/a “Pollo Loco”, 27, of Highland, IN
Timothy Maurice Diaz a/k/a “Slice”, 34, of Hammond, IN
Sean Michael Pena a/k/a “Big Body”, 34, of Hammond, IN
Marquis Sean Medellin a/k/a “Kilo”, 30, of Hammond, IN
David Ulmenstine a/k/a “Silent”, 25, of Harvey, IL
Jorge Esqueda a/k/a “Silent”, 22, of East Chicago, IN
Juan Alcaraz a/k/a “Silent”, 28, of Hammond, IN
Miguel Angel Marines a/k/a “Egg”, 22, of East Chicago, IN
Rafael Cancel, 35, of Hammond, IN
Kash Lee Kelly, 28, of Hammond, IN
Eduardo Ivel a/k/a “Little Smiley”, 21, of Hammond, IN
According to a statement form US Attorney Capp, “These 12 individuals were added to the existing Latin King indictment pending in the Northern District of Indiana that had previously charged 26 members or associates of
the Latin Kings. All of the above, except Kash Lee Kelly, were charged with a conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity. All of the above, including KashLee Kelly, were charged with a conspiracy to distribute narcotics.”
Eight of the twelve were arrested today: Delgado-Gonzalez, Medellin, Ulmenstine, Esqueda, Alcaraz, Marines, Cancel, and Kelly. Two others, Farmer and Ivel, were already in State custody on unrelated charges.
“This indictment alleges new overt acts in furtherance of the illegal objectives of the Latin Kings including retaliatory arsons: January 5, 2013 on Durbin Street in Gary and on March 22, 2013 on Sherman Street also in Gary” US Attorney Capp stated.
The previous indictments had charged Anton James with murder in aid of racketeering for his alleged role in the murder of Martin Hurtado Sr. The indictment alleges that, on Oct. 28, 2014, James shot and killed Hurtado Sr. in Hammond believing that he was Martin Hurtado Jr., whom James believed was a rival gang member. They also
detailed two previously uncharged murders as alleged overt acts in the racketeering conspiracy. On July 18, 2011, Travis Nash was shot and killed in Hammond. The indictment alleges that Reynaldo Robles, acting at the direction of Aldon Perez (indicted previously), shot and killed Nash, believing him to be a rival gang member. The indictment also alleges that on August 14, 2014, Keith Trevor Manuel and Joseph Uvalle (both indicted previously) demanded that members of the Latin Kings take action against Estrella’s Bar in Hammond, Indiana, as the owner of Estrella’s
Bar was allowing rival gang members to patronize the bar. It is alleged that Uvalle drove Nicholas Baez and Antonio Gamino to the bar and handed Baez a firearm. Baez shot into the bar, striking and killing Raudel Contreras, while Gamino served as a lookout. In addition, Latin King indictments had charged Joseph Uvalle with sex trafficking offenses, and this indictment carries those charges over unchanged from the previous indictment.
“This indictment is part of the ongoing effort by local and federal law enforcement to remove criminal organizations from the streets of northwest Indiana.”
United States Attorney Capp said, “As I have repeatedly stated, if you are a member of or associate with these criminal organizations we are coming after you. It may take us months or it may take longer but we are coming after you.”
All criminal defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. An indictment is merely an accusation and the government bears the burden of proving the charges beyond a reasonable doubt.