DEA: Man killed by agent was a gang leader
Tuesday, October 2, 2007 12:40 AM CDT
MERRILLVILLE | The man shot and killed by a drug agent
last week during a brief police pursuit was the
highest-ranking member of the Northwest Indiana branch
of a south Chicago street gang, federal authorities
Rosalio Rincon was leader of the Latin Dragons -- a
gang that may be trying to increase its street
presence in the region, said Don Rospond, lead agent
in charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
office in Merrillville.
Rincon was indicted Sept. 19 along with two other
purported Latin Dragon members, the brothers Eddie and
Adam Torres, Hammond federal court records said.
Rincon and the Torreses were charged with numerous
crimes, including conspiracy to distribute more than
500 grams of cocaine.
Although news reports have said Rincon lived in
Chicago, court records filed in a related federal case
state Rincon also lived in Merrillville at 8586
Police said Rincon was in a car with Anthony DeAngelo
Willis on Sept. 24 when Rincon was shot by
DEA agents long had been tracking Rincon's alleged
drug activity and were attempting to locate him for
arrest when agents spotted him at the Merrillville
home with Willis, who entered the home and then left
with Rincon that afternoon, the criminal complaint
against Willis states.
Rincon and Willis drove in a tan Lincoln sedan to the
Westfield Southlake mall on U.S. 30 in Hobart and went
inside to have lunch, court records indicate Willis
later told police.
When the men emerged again, agents saw Willis get into
a Nissan while Rincon walked back to the Lincoln,
court records state. About a minute later, the Nissan
dropped off Willis near the Lincoln. The men got
inside to drive away, the records state.
Willis told police he had ridden in the Nissan to meet
with a man named "C-Bo," who gave Willis 2 ounces of
powder cocaine in exchange for a set of rims and tires
Willis recently had sold him, federal agents said.
Rincon and Willis didn't get far. On the request of
DEA agents seeking to arrest Rincon for the Sept. 19
warrant, a marked Hobart police car tried to pull them
over, but they fled north for a couple of blocks,
ending up near a used car dealer off U.S. 30 and
across from the mall.
Federal authorities said that as Willis began dropping
bags of cocaine and marijuana out of the car, Rincon
sped toward a DEA officer standing in the road. The
officer fired one round at the moving car and fatally
struck Rincon in the chest, authorities said.
"He was driving directly at the officer as he tried to
flee," Rospond said.
Rincon's funeral was Monday. His family has defended
their deceased relative, saying he had "a good heart"
despite the lifestyle that he lived.
The Chicago Crime Commission's 2006 Gang Book states
the Latin Dragons is mainly a Hispanic street gang
that formed in the early 1980s in south Chicago and
have been known to maintain turf in Calumet City and
in select areas in Northwest Indiana.