Man wanted in Phoenix woman's murder arrested in Argentina

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX – A man wanted in connection to the murder of a Phoenix-area woman among other crimes was apprehended Thursday afternoon by authorities in Argentina.

Paul Merle Eischeid was considered one of the U.S. Marshals Service's 15 most wanted fugitives. He was wanted in connection to the murder of Cynthia Garcia, as well as for drug trafficking and violating the RICO statutes (Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organization).

Eischeid formerly worked as a stockbroker for Charles Schwab and was also a member of the Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Club.

The U.S. Marshals Service developed information that led them to believe he was in Argentina so Interpol and local law enforcement were notified.

“Eischeid’s crimes were horrendous and his potential for continued violence made his arrest a priority for the U.S. Marshals," said Director Stacia A. Hylton. "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.”

The U.S. Marshals Service was asked for help in locating Eischeid in 2007 in connection to Garcia’s 2001 murder.

The victim was allegedly attacked at a Hell’s Angels party in Mesa where she was beaten, put in the trunk of a car and taken to the desert where she was stabbed and left for dead.

Eischeid was arrested in 2003 on drug trafficking and RICO charges including counts of kidnapping and murder. Other Hell’s Angels members were also named in the kidnapping and murder indictment.

Eischeid was released on his personal recognizance and granted pretrial release with electronic monitoring. Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives learned of the suspect’s alleged involvement in Garcia’s murder during their investigation but he had removed his monitoring device and left Arizona by that time.

Other law enforcement agencies were involved in Eischeid’s capture including Interpol, the Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs, ATF, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and the Argentine Federal Police.