Four members of the Bandidos motorcycle gang, who executed a rival Hell’s Angel member with a sniper rifle in front of his two kids, were arrested ten years after his murder.
Jesse James Benavides, Robert Romo, Norberto Serna and Johnny Romo were taken into custody and appeared before a San Antonio judge on Thursday for the killing of Anthony Benesh that occurred back in 2006.
Benesh was fatally gunned down by a sniper close to ten years ago, after Bandidos motorcycle members warned the 44-year-old against starting a rival Hell’s Angels group in Austin, Texas.
Members of the extremely territorial group had threatened Benesh and cautioned against starting the gang over concerns that it would lessen its power and take over its territory.
However, Benesh, who wore the Hell’s Angels colors on his clothes, continued with the group despite warnings and ventured to recruit gang members, The Daily Mail reported.
A police officer familiar with the rules of motorcycle gangs said to The Austin Chronicle that Benesh didn’t get the approval of Bandidos leadership when he wanted to start the Texas chapter.
Texas is the native state of the Bandidos so a rival group would not sit well. The officer continued: “Oh, no. That would not go over well.”
Benesh was executed in a sniper attack as he was walking to his car with his girlfriend and two sons in March 2006.
All four of the suspects are named in a 12-count indictment, which includes charges of one count of discharging a gun during a murder in aid of racketeering.
Johnny and Robert Romo are also facing murder in aid of racketeering charges.
This isn’t the first time the Bandidos have murdered in the name of territory against a rival motorcycle group.
Court records accuse the Texas club of being “at war” with the biker group the Cossacks, which led to a shootout at a restaurant in Waco, Texas, in 2015.
The two groups had drawn weapons at the Twin Peaks restaurant, nine people were killed, and 20 were wounded during the rival biker altercation.