Four alleged members of the Two Six Nation--what the U.S. Attorney’s Office
for the Northern District of Indiana describes as a “violent criminal
enterprise”--have been indicted in federal court in connection with a 2003
murder in East Chicago.
A superseding indictment returned on Thursday names Jesus Valentin Fuentes,
39, of Chicago and East Chicago; Kiontay Kyare Pennington, 34, of Gary;
Oscar Cosme, 41, of East Chicago; and Adron Herschel Tancil, 36, also of
According to the indictment, Fuentes was one of the local leaders of the Two
Six Nation who in November 2003 directed fellow members to kidnap the family
of Julio Cartagena--also a Two Sixer--in an effort to recover a large
quantity of cocaine stolen by Cartagena from Fuentes. Henderson, Pennington,
and other Two Six members kidnapped Cartagena’s children and the mother of
his children at gunpoint from their home in Hammond, the indictment alleges.
Hammond Police soon were subsequently able to rescue the family, none of
The indictment further alleges that Fuentes directed Two Six members to
kidnap Julio Cartagena and that, on May 16, 2003, Louis Henderson,
Pennington, and Tancil--all alleged Two Six members--and Oscar Cosme, an
associate of Henderson, shot and killed Cartagena in East Chicago during an
attempted kidnapping. After the shooting these four individuals fled the
scene in a vehicle driven by Henderson, the vehicle crashed, and Henderson
was killed, the indictment alleges.
* Count I charges Pennington, Tancil, and Fuentes with murder in aid of
racketeering and kidnapping.
* Count II charges Pennington, Cosme, Tancil, and Fuentes with the use of a
firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime (distribution of
cocaine) and crimes of violence (murder and kidnapping).
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and
Explosives, the FBI, the East Chicago Police Department, and the Hammond