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Bandidos busted in brazen Hells Angel hit

By Brad Hunter, Toronto Sun

Anthony Benesh (Police handout)

Anthony Benesh (Police handout)

Hells Angel Anthony Benesh went down when a bullet pulverized his skull in front of his two young boys.

Benesh, 44, had been on a suicide mission to establish an Angels chapter in Texas.

Blood rivals, the hometown Bandidos, told Benesh to take a hike.

He didn’t get the message.

On March 18, 2006 Benesh was taken off the board by a sniper while he was walking to his car with his girlfriend and two sons outside a pizza joint.

The bullet blew the veteran biker’s brains out.

Now, cops have arrested four Bandidos in the gangland settling of accounts.

Jesse James Benavides, Robert Romo, Norberto Serna and Johnny Romo were arrested in San Antonio and have been charged with murder.

Despite his outlaw bona fides, Benesh was described as a “devoted,” “doting” dad.

But there was a spine of steel — and maybe a touch of crazy, too.

“He was kind of in-your-face,” his Uncle Richard told the Augusta Chronicle in 2006. “He was the kind of guy that if you were in a fight with him and pulled out a gun, he’d say, ‘Go ahead, pull the trigger.’ ... I’d say he was obstinate.”

Another friend added: “You looked in his eyes and you knew he wasn’t right. [And] he’d gotten crazier. He was very smart but very disturbed.”

The case stymied Austin detectives for years. While the Bandidos were the obvious culprits, gunning down a man in public in front his kids was not their style.

But Benesh proudly wore his Angels colours deep in Bandidos territory and never asked his rivals for permission to set up a club in the Texas capital.

“Oh, no. That would not go over well,” one detective told the Austin Chronicle.

The four accused are facing a 12-count indictment, including one count of discharging a firearm during a murder in aid of racketeering.

Johnny and Robert Romo are also being charged with murder in aid of racketeering.