Criminal Justice

US Attorney Enforces 10-year-old Murder Complaint: Two Charged

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August 26, 2013 — United States Attorney David Capp announced today that two Lake County, Indiana men face federal criminal charges for a killing in retaliation, after one of them was arrested today.

He says today 40-year-old Oscar Cosme of East Chicago and 34-year-old Kiontay Pennington of Gary, “were charged by Complaint with allegedly committing murder resulting from the use and carrying of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime and aiding and abetting the same.”

The US Attorney’s office says the May 16, 2003 Complaint alleges Pennington, Cosme and others fatally shot  Julio Cartagena in front of an East Chicago apartment complex in retaliation for theft of narcotics.

The Complaint says nearby East Chicago police chased of the vehicle fleeing from the scene, ending in a crash.  After Pennington and Cosme were identified as two of the four occupants of the vehicle, an  investigation revealed that the underlying narcotics theft involved the street gang “Two Six” which was active in East Chicago at that time.

The US Attorney’s Office says Pennington was arrested today at his residence;  Cosme was arrested on August 23, 2013, with both having their initial appearance today before United States Magistrate Judge John Martin in Hammond and probable cause/detention hearings August 29, 2013.

United States Attorney Capp stated, “These arrests are part of our ongoing effort to remove violent offenders from the streets, particularly those allegedly associated with criminal street gangs.  We will continue to investigate violent acts, even those, like here, that are more than ten years old.  As I have stated publicly in the past, we are coming after those who are or were members of, or affiliated with, criminal organizations, regardless of when their criminal conduct may have occurred.”

He says the charges are the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Merrillville Field Office, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives HIDTA Taskforce, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the East Chicago Police Department.

The United States Attorney’s Office emphasized that


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