A man sought in the stabbing death of a Tempe woman in 2001 was captured Thursday in Buenos Aires by Argentinean authorities.
The U.S. Marshals Service said Paul Merle Eischeid, 39, was one of its 15 most wanted fugitives. He also was wanted by federal authorities in connection with drug trafficking and racketeering violations.
“Eischeid’s crimes were horrendous and his potential for continued violence made his arrest a priority for the U.S. Marshals,” said Stacia A. Hylton, director of the U.S. Marshal Service, 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.”
Before his disappearance in July 2004, Eischeid lived in the Valley for 10 to 15 years, working as a stockbroker for Charles Schwab by day and running with the Hells Angels by night.
Authorities believe that Eischeid and fellow Hells Angel Kevin Augustiniak beat and kicked unconscious 5-foot, 90-pound Cynthia Garcia for making a derogatory comment about the gang during a party at the gang's clubhouse on Oct. 27, 2001. Authorities said Eischeid and Augustiniak then stashed the 44-year-old Tempe woman in the trunk of a car and drove her to the Usery Mountain Recreation Area, where they stabbed her 27 times, almost decapitating her.
The two men faced 2003 federal racketeering charges in U.S. District Court for their suspected connection to the motorcycle gang and Garcia's death. Pending the trial, U.S. District Court Judge David G. Campbell released Eischeid on his own recognizance, court records show. He was required to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet and his passport was confiscated.
On July 29, 2004, Eischeid went missing. That morning he told his girlfriend "goodbye" and was never heard from again, said Tom Mangan, a spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in 2004.
Eischeid cut the electronic monitoring bracelet and liquidated $50,000 in assets and credit card cash advances, the Marshals Service said.