Bandidos leaders encourage violence: Public Prosecutor

Outlaw motorcycle gang Bandidos is set up to commit and hide crimes - violence and crimes are not only approved of, but even encouraged by the gang leaders, the Public Prosecutor argued in the Utrecht court on Tuesday. The Public Prosecutor is in the Netherlands, NOS report.

The Prosecutor listed a long list of Bandidos related incidents in the Netherlands and abroad. These include shootings, stabbings, arson, and violent clashes with other motorcycle gangs. He referred to an incident on the market in Valkenswaard, where a Bandidos member got into a fight with a group of Hells Angels, and an incident in which a Bandido member was threatened with a knife when he dropped his daughter off at school.


4th Bandido gang member admits to role in killing Hell’s Angels rival

A fourth member of the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Organization pleaded guilty Wednesday for his role in the killing of an Austin man who tried to start a chapter of rival group, Hell’s Angels.

Norberto “Hammer” Serna, Jr., 35, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting by using and discharging a firearm during and in relation to the shooting death of Anthony Benesh at a hearing in San Antonio’s federal court.

Three other Bandidos have also pleaded guilty to similar federal charges.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


Third member of Bandidos pleads to homicide charges from 2006

SAN ANTONIO - A man faces life in federal prison after pleading guilty to a charge in connection with the murder of Hells Angel Anthony Benesh, which took place in 2006, the Department of Justice said Monday.
Jesse James Benavidez, sergeant at arms with the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Organization, San Antonio Centro Chapter, pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting using and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime -- specifically, murder in aid of racketeering, officials said in a news release.
Benavidez is the third member of the group to plead guilty.


BREAKING: 2 Bandidos plead guilty in 2006 Austin killing, feds say

Two leaders of the Bandidos motorcycle club pleaded guilty Friday to charges related to the killing of Anthony Benesh III outside an Austin restaurant in 2006. 

Johnny Romo, 47, and Robert Romo, 45, both of San Antonio, pleaded guilty to two charges related to murder, racketeering and using a firearm in relation to a violent crime, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice. 


Bandidos to plead guilty in 2006 murder of rival biker

Four reputed members of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club have signed plea deals in which they will admit to their roles in the killing of a man in Austin who reportedly tried to start a chapter of the California-based rival, the Hells Angels.

The Bandidos have long been suspected of the hit on Anthony W. Benesh III, who was gunned down March 18, 2006, in front of his girlfriend and two children as they left Saccone’s Pizza in Austin.


Benesh,44, had been wearing a motorcycle vest depicting the Hells Angels’ death head and colors, despite being told by the Bandidos that he could not do so in Texas, which is Bandidos territory, and that he would be killed if he didn't stop, according to federal court documents.


An alleged Bandidos prospect member has had his motorcycle seized for six months

POLICE have seized an alleged bikie’s pride and joy under new powers which came into effect this week.

Police allege a man on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle evaded police in East Devonport following an attempted intercept yesterday.

The rider was tracked down a short time later and had his bike seized for six months.

“The rider, who was wearing a vest associated with the Bandidos OMCG with the word ‘Prospect’ on the back in red and gold, [had ridden] in a dangerous manner on the Bass Highway between Devonport and Latrobe,” Inspector Adrian Shadbolt said.

“The rider and motorcycle were located in Latrobe shortly afterwards and the rider was arrested for the evade and driving offences.”

He will appear in the Devonport Magistrates Court at a later date


Hundreds attend funeral for Bandidos leader; law enforcement officers watches closely

(video)--EL PASO, Texas - Hundreds of motorcyclists bid a final farewell to Bandidos Motorcycle Club President Juan Martinez.

The procession stretched for miles with bikers visiting from several parts of the U.S. with law enforcement making a large presence.

Bikers followed the white hearse carrying the body of Martinez.

The Harleys rumbled as they drove into Evergreen Cemetery.

Hundreds of motorcycle clubs including veterans and faith-based riders, attended the funeral.

And nearby, El Paso Police -- Sheriffs -- and state and federal agents watched closely.

Up above, helicopters operated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Public Safety hovered over the procession.

The security is related to the shooting on El Paso's eastside that sent four men including Martinez to the hospital.


Bandidos president's funeral a major event, biker gang expert says

The funeral this weekend for a slain El Paso Bandidos leader will be a major event for the motorcycle club and law enforcement, an expert on biker gangs said.

Funeral services begin Friday with a vigil for Juan Martinez Jr., 61, who police identified as the president of an El Paso chapter of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club.

"He was a chapter president. He was killed for being a Bandido. It will be a very large funeral. With that said, law enforcement’s role is to keep it without violence," said Terry Katz, spokesman for the International Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association. The group provides specialized training on biker gangs to law enforcement and prosecutors.

Martinez died Aug. 3 after he and three other men were shot four days earlier during a biker gang fight at Mulligan's Chopped Hog bar in the far East Side.

El Paso police later arrested Javier Gonzalez, 34, of the rival Kinfolk Motorcycle Club, in connection with the shooting.


Employee of Bandidos member killed in bar shooting says he was like a father to her

EL PASO, Texas — Family, friends and co-workers are mourning the loss of Juan Martinez, who died after being shot inside a far east El Paso bar.

Susana Perez, office manager at J. Martinez & Associates, said Martinez treated his employees like family.

The business helped people with disability and Social Security claims.

“I worked with him for over 11 years. He was a great person. He was very helpful. He was a family man and he helped so many people,” Perez said.

Perez said Martinez and his wife, Gracie, were inseparable.

Juan Martinez died after being shot at an east El Paso bar. (Courtesy: Motorcycle Coalition of El Paso)

At the office, Perez said co-workers don’t feel like they lost their boss.


Bandidos member shot at eastside bar has died

EL PASO, Texas — 

The Bandidos Motorcycle Club member shot in an east El Paso bar last weekend has died, according to a member of the motorcycle club.

Juan Martinez, 61, was shot in what police are calling a rival gang shooting.

Ballardo Salcido, 49, Juan Miguel Vega-Rivera, 36, and David Villalobos, 47, were also injured in the shooting.

The shooting happened around 9:30 p.m. Sunday at the Mulligans Chopped Hog bar at 1810 George Dieter Drive.

Police said one of the groups was told to leave the bar, which then prompted an argument and a fight between the two gangs.

While the fight was going on, the suspected shooter walked into the bar and began shooting at members of the rival gang, police said.