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Johnny “Downtown Johnny” Romo. Next Rat to take stand in Former Bandidos M/C National Officer Trial. The singing continues. Rodent problem persists

By: James “Hollywood” Macecari

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Quick!! Someone call the exterminator. No, forget that! Call someone with a flame thrower to clear all the rodents out. Seems like the “G” has a surplus of people willing to talk against those they use to call “Brother”.

Help me understand cause I’m really not getting all this. These rodents chose the lifestyle, they chose to put on the patch, but when the heat gets turned up they jump ship and cover ass. That’s what I’m really seeing here. Am I wrong to assume this? If I am, tell me. Because this is what it is looking like from my end.

The one thing I always have a hard time with; when someone knows what they are getting into but turns around and jumps the ship when things get tough. Here you have 3 rodents so far who had the honor of belonging to one of the biggest and baddest brotherhoods in the world; they turn rat to save themselves?

Maybe being from Chicago, having the upbringing I did from a young age I see things through a different lens, or maybe it’s just the sign of the times and everything truly has changed.

In Chicago, most of who grew up on the streets anyways; knew the game and the consequences. A person accepted the fact that if they were going to get in the game there was only two ways out of it. You would probably end up in the joint or you would end up 6 feet under. That was it, end of story. Honor and Loyalty meant everything. You were in the game together with like minded individuals and you belonged to something. No one would ever think about turning on each other. Actually, it was the opposite. When the government came calling the wagons started to circle. Everyone buttoned down and made sure the shit was together.

Paying attention to this case like I’ve had, I can only wonder what the hell these rats were thinking. They got to enjoy being on top of the world. Money, broads, power and they gave it up like a bunch of bitches to a government they claimed to of hated. These people went around while they were enjoying the privileges of being members of a large club dictating to others how the government was the enemy. They went around lambasting cops and clubs that were supposedly “Pop Up Clubs” while the whole time cooperating with the very people they claimed to hate.

When stuff like this hits the news; you can only wonder if some of those in  clubs we bang on all the time are right. Yea, no. But if you look at some of the reasons they started up it’s hard to argue with that when you see this kind of stuff happening.

This and a whole other host of reasons is why I always recommend Riding Clubs when people write in and ask advice on which way to do. Besides the politics, how can you join something you know when the going gets tough, brothers start jumping ship? I watched this video today. Here is a guy that travels all over the country. Lives off grid. He’s from New Mexico. Give it a listen. You will find some damn good points in the video about why things have change in the motorcycle club scene; why people don’t join clubs any longer.

Related Justin Cole “Rat” Forster- Former National Sgt At Arms Bandido “We are a criminal Organization” Testifies against Pike and Portillo- Someone needs to call an exterminator

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By Guillermo Contreras

When biker Anthony W. Benesh III displayed his Hells Angels colors in the middle of Bandidos territory in the Lone Star State in 2006, he was given extensive warnings to stop.

But because Benesh ignored the instructions, the Bandidos Motorcycle Club dispatched two hit crews in March 2006 to find him and another Hells Angels member and send a message, a high-ranking ex-member of the Bandidos testified Wednesday at a racketeering trial for two former top Bandidos leaders.

Johnny “Downtown Johnny” Romo, 47, said John Xavier Portillo, a national Bandidos sergeant-at-arms at the time, passed on the directive from Jeffrey Fay Pike of Conroe, the national president: Romo was to put a squad together to take out Benesh in Austin.

The hit on Benesh was just one story Romo relayed during several hours on the stand Wednesday in the trial of Pike and Portillo, who had been the Bandidos’ national vice president since 2013. The pair are charged in a 13-count indictment that alleges they sanctioned or ordered assaults, extortion, robbery and murder in furtherance of the club’s racketeering conspiracy. The conspiracy lasted from 2000 to 2016, according to the indictment.

Portillo, ordering that Benesh be killed, said he would take another crew to find and rub out Benesh’s counterpart in College Station, Romo said.

“He told me there’s two Hells Angels in Austin riding their bikes and that the (Bandidos’) Austin chapter tried everything — intimidation, threats — to get rid of them,” Romo testified. “He said, ‘There’s two of them, this came from Jeff Pike that he wanted them taken out, you need to get some guys that you trust. You go to Austin and I’ll go to College Station.”

Romo, who also was a national sergeant-at-arms for the Bandidos, said he picked two “made” members of the Bandidos and his own brother, Robert Romo, who was trying to join the club. They took the information Portillo had provided about Benesh, watched for their quarry for two days at his house and followed him as he went to eat at a pizza restaurant in Northwest Austin.

On a Saturday evening in March 2006, Benesh was killed by a rifle bullet in front of his girlfriend and two sons, a shot so powerful that one Austin police officer testified last week that Benesh’s brain was missing from his shattered skull. A medical examiner who performed the autopsy testified earlier Wednesday that the skull had to be pieced together so she could determine entry and exit wounds.

Portillo’s crew left College Station once Johnny Romo informed Portillo that “it’s done,” Johnny Romo testified.

Romo also testified that the hit made him Pike’s go-to person for carrying out “beat-downs” and other similar enforcement tasks. His jobs included revoking the patches of Bandidos members in Central American chapters during a period of infighting within the biker club, which had chapters worldwide.

Pike’s lead lawyer, Dick DeGuerin, has argued that the local chapters within the Bandidos are autonomous and that Pike wielded little authority over them or their members. Any crimes they may have committed were done without Pike’s approval or knowledge, DeGuerin has said.

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 Romo, who turned government informant, was the first to testify that Pike directly gave him orders to continue the Bandidos’ pattern of intimidation and violence after Pike succceeded former president George Wegers, who was arrested in summer 2005 in a racketeering case in Washington state.

Romo said the hit on Benesh was planned the same weekend of the Bandidos 40th anniversary motorcycle rally in McAllen.

About a month after the hit, Romo said, he saw Pike at a funeral for another member.

“He had a big old smile, and he said, ‘Johnny, I’m very proud of you.’ We gave each other a hug and a kiss.”

Romo proposed a new patch for a hit squad within the Bandidos called the “Fat Mexican Crew” and Pike approved it.

During Pike’s tenure as president from 2005 until his arrest in January 2016, Romo said Pike had him go to Central America at least three times to discipline other members, and he also planned an assault on the national president of the Bandidos’ chapter in Australia for being disrespectful to Pike.

“I just want you to take your guys, the Fat Mexican Crew, find a place where you can take care of (the Australian chapter president),” Romo quoted Pike as saying. “I don’t care what you do, throw him in the ocean, do whatever the (expletive) you gotta do.”

Romo said they went to Cancun to put a deposit for an international meeting where they could conduct the beating, but it never materialized. The chapters from Europe and Australia refused to meet, Romo said.

Romo began cooperating with federal authorities in spring 2014 after a drug arrest. He wore a wire to record Portillo and other members of the organization make incriminating statements. But Romo also withheld information that he’d been involved in Benesh’s killing. He didn’t mention it until agents confronted him after he’d already been sentenced to 24 months in prison on drug charges — far less than the 60 months he originally faced.

Romo, his brother, Robert, and two more Bandidos pleaded guilty in September to murder and firearm charges in aid of racketeering in connection with Benesh’s killing and await sentencing. Romo’s testimony is to continue Thursday

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