Played by:Kevin Alejandro
Benny Cruz lost his mother when he was twelve years old, and was taken in by his uncle, Roberto Menchaca. A high ranking member in the Eastside Royals gang, Menchaca wasted no time indoctrinating Cruz into the “family.” Cruz murdered two rival gang bangers while in the Royals, and was given a life sentence.
While in prison, Cruz learned that he had Stage 4 Small Cell Lung Cancer. He was given two to three months to live.
At work in the prison auto shop, Benny Cruz and an inmate named Fischer are tasked with fixing-up the warden's SUV. On the day the SUV is to be driven off prison grounds, Cruz kills Fischer and hides his body in a trash bin, then secretes himself inside the back seat of the vehicle.
Once on the road, Cruz slices his way out of the seat with a screwdriver, startling the warden’s mother as well as his wife. They pull over, and Cruz steals their purses and phones before taking off in the SUV. No one is harmed.
Cruz stops at a gas station to find a less conspicuous mode of transportation. He buys a pack of gum inside, making sure to get a receipt, and pockets a pair of scissors he finds sitting on the counter. Outside, he hands the receipt to a car washer who thinks it’s the receipt for the car he just finished working on, and hands Cruz the keys to a nice, new Caddy. The car’s owner comes to the driver’s side door and demands that Cruz exit the vehicle, but Cruz grabs the man, holds the scissors to his throat, and persuades him to let him drive away. The man is left startled, but unharmed.
Now dressed in a suit he found in his newly acquired car, Cruz waits in a lawyer’s office. Cruz follows lawyer Thomas Kelly as he exits the building and accosts him on the street. Cruz asks him if it feels good to keep rapists out of prison, then stabs him brutally with the scissors, killing him.
Outside a seedy motel, Cruz walks up to a dried-out old man, smoking cigarettes in the parking lot. Cruz asks the man, named Martin, if he would like some candy, or if he would like to see Cruz’s puppy. The old man, a convicted sex offender, tells Cruz to beat it, and heads back into his motel room. Cruz clubs him in the head with a wrench. Martin falls to the floor of his room, as Cruz continues to beat him mercilessly to death.
Michael Spillane answers a knock at his door to find Cruz standing outside. Cruz confronts the man about a drunk driving accident in which Spillane ran over and killed an eight-year-old girl, but got off due to a faulty breathalyzer. Spillane makes a run for it, but Cruz catches him. Spillane takes a gun out of a dresser drawer, but Cruz gets it away from him and shoots him.
The Breakout Kings are in pursuit of Cruz when he finds himself stuck in a traffic jam. He abandons his car and steals another. As he starts the car, the owner tries to stop him. Cruz shoves the man, who falls to the ground, smacking his head on the curb hard enough to kill him. Cruz is stunned, and further shocked when he notices a baby strapped in the back seat.
Cruz takes the baby into a church, where he threatens to kill everyone in the room, including the baby, if the priest doesn’t give him his Last Rites. Eventually, he leaves the baby in the care of the priest, and leaves on a mission to kill his uncle, Roberto Menchaca, the man who introduced him to his life of crime.