For Immediate Release
Latin King Nicholas Baez Charged With Murder During Narcotics Conspiracy
HAMMOND - United States Attorney David A. Capp announced today that a criminal complaint was filed against Nicholas Baez, a/k/a “Cali”, 22, of Hammond, Indiana for causing the death of another through the use of a firearm in connection with a narcotics conspiracy.
According to documents filed in the case, Baez is an alleged to be a member of the Latin Kings who fired 5 rounds into Estrella’s bar, killing one of the patrons. It is alleged that the shooting occurred in response to rival gang members previously being seen in the bar and to prevent rival gangs from encroaching on Latin Kings territory.
This complaint is part of the ongoing efforts to curb the activities of violent street gangs in the Northern District of Indiana.
This case is the result of the investigative efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Gang Response Investigative Team, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the East Chicago Police Department, the Hammond Police Department, the Lake County, Indiana, Sheriff’s Department, and Lake County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area officers and agents. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys David Nozick and Dean Lanter.
The United States Attorney's Office emphasized that a Complaint is merely an allegation and that all persons charged are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.
If convicted in court, any specific sentence to be imposed will be determined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.