Feds indict more Bandidos in San Antonio
Four more alleged members of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club have been indicted by federal authorities and are facing charges in the killing of a man in Austin who reportedly tried to start a chapter of the California-based rival, the Hells Angels.
Anthony W. Benesh III was gunned down by a sniper in 2006 in front of his girlfriend and two children as they left Saccone’s Pizza in Austin.
When the three top Bandidos leaders were arrested last year, an FBI agent testified at a hearing in Houston for Bandidos national president Jeffrey Fay Pike that agents believed that the Bandidos carried out the hit on Benesh, the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News reported at the time.
The new indictment, filed Wednesday in San Antonio and unsealed late Thursday, puts it in writing. It added San Antonio residents Johnny “Downtown Johnny” Romo, 47; Robert Romo, 45, Jesse James “Kronic” Benavidez, 40, and Norberto “Hammer” Serna Jr., 35, as defendants — alongside Pike and the Bandidos’ national vice president, John Xavier Portillo.
The four new defendants were arrested Thursday — three in San Antonio and one in Waco — and ordered held without bond pending bail hearings next week. Portillo, 57, of San Antonio has remained in jail without bond since his arrest in January 2016, while Pike, 61, of Conroe, was released last year on bond. Their trial is scheduled for Aug. 7 in San Antonio.
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