Hell’s Angels Members Charged in Killing of Pagans Leader

By Eric Klein and Kevin Deutsch
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Homicide detectives Tuesday arrested three suspects in the caught-on-video murder of a Bronx motorcycle gang leader, authorities said.

Francisco Rosado, 51, leader of the Pagans Motorcycle Club’s Bronx chapter, was assassinated May 2 during a daytime ambush in Allerton, his killers jumping out of a Jeep Cherokee and riddling his chest and head with bullets.

Rosado’s killers, according to the NYPD, are Anthony Destefano, 27, and rival Hell’s Angels Motorycle Club members Frank Tatulli, 58, and Sayanon Thongthawath, 29.

Investigators probing the apparent gangland hit believe it could be linked to the Pagans’ recent expansion efforts in New Jersey and other targeted swaths of the Northeast. The notorious national club is also engaged in a long and bloody war with the Hell’s Angels, which, like the Pagans, double as violent street gang.

The Angels recently relocated their New York City headquarters from Manhattan to Throggs Neck, a move that drew the ire of the local Pagans chapter, as well as other motorcycle gangs.

On Jan. 2, the Angels’ Bronx clubhouse was fired upon by multiple shooters on motorcycles, who rode away and have not been caught, authorities said.

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Eric Klein is an editor for Bronx Justice News. Born and bred in the Bronx, he lives on the Grand Concourse, where at least one member of his family has resided every year since the 1930s. Eric has two sons and, like them, is a die-hard New York Yankees fan.