A member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, who authorities believe is responsible for "one of the most grisly" murders in recent American criminal history, has been captured in Argentina, the U.S. Marshals Service announced today.
Paul Merle Eischeid, one of the U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted Fugitives, was captured today in Buenos Aires by Argentinean authorities.
Eischeid is suspected in the 2001 kidnapping and murder of Cynthia Garcia.
According to authorities, Garcia was attacked while at a party at the Hell's Angels' clubhouse in Mesa. She was beaten, thrown in the trunk of a car, and taken to the desert, where she was stabbed and left for dead.
"Eischeid's crimes were horrendous and his potential for continued violence made his arrest a priority for the U.S. Marshals," Stacia A. Hylton, director of the U.S. Marshal Service says in a statement. "His capture is both significant and rewarding, and we thank our domestic and international partners for their tireless persistence in bringing this fugitive to justice."
In 2003, Eischeid was charged by the U.S. Attorney's Office for drug trafficking and RICO violations, including kidnapping and murder. Several other Hells Angels also were
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However, in addition to being a member of a ruthless biker gang, Eischeid, 39, is a former Charles Schwab stockbroker with a "relatively clean criminal record." Because he didn't appear to be a flight risk, he was released on his own recognizance and placed on federal pretrial release with electronic monitoring in 2003.
During their investigation, agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives learned Eischeid was likely involved in Garcia's murder. However, after being released from custody, Eischeid had removed the monitoring device and fled Arizona.
He's been on the run ever since and in 2007 was listed amongst the U.S. Marshals' 15 most wanted.
Eischeid will likely be extradited back to Arizona where he faces a first-degree murder charge.