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Friday, 4 February 2011
Paul Eischeid, 39, is accused in the 2001 beating and stabbing death of Cynthia Garcia
Paul Eischeid, 39, is accused in the 2001 beating and stabbing death of Cynthia Garcia, a Mesa woman who was assaulted after insulting the Hells Angels while attending a party at the biker group's East Valley headquarters.
According to the Marshals Service, Eischeid was tracked to Buenos Aires and apprehended in a joint operation by Interpol, Argentine police and numerous U.S. law-enforcement agencies.
"Eischeid's crimes were horrendous, and his potential for continued violence made his arrest a priority," said Stacia Hylton, director of the U.S. Marshals Service."
Because of a clean record and his professional background, Eischeid was released from jail after his 2003 arrest, although he was required to wear an electronic monitoring instrument. After he removed the device and vanished, he was listed among the Marshals Service's 15 most wanted fugitives and featured on America's Most Wanted.
Tom Henman, a Marshals Service spokesman in Arizona, said Eischeid was arrested without incident. He said Eischeid was living under an alias and had changed his appearance.
"He put on some weight, had a goatee with the beard part down to his chest, and he'd shaved his head," Henman said.
Eischeid, a former stockbroker who belonged to the Hells Angels chapter in Mesa, was indicted in 2003 for drug trafficking and racketeering violations that included the kidnap-murder of Garcia.
According to court records, three men participated in the killing. One of them, a confidential informant for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, was allowed to plead guilty to manslaughter in return for a sentence with no prison time. The other, Hells Angels associate Kevin Augustiniak, is awaiting trial.
All of the suspects were part of a major Hells Angels investigation, Operation Black Biscuit, which targeted more than a dozen members of the biker outfit statewide. The case in U.S. District Court mostly collapsed due to problems with informers and evidence, causing charges to be dropped.
The federal murder case against Augustiniak also was dismissed, but he subsequently was indicted in Maricopa County Superior Court for the same crime. It is listed as a death-penalty case. Defense attorney Daniel Raynak said he does not anticipate that Eischeid's arrest will influence the case against his client.
"We're ready to go, and we anticipate going in September," Raynak said.
Representatives from the U.S. Attorney's Office and Maricopa County Attorney's Office could not immediately say whether the prosecution of Eischeid will proceed in federal court, or whether that charge will be replaced by a state indictment as it was with Augustiniak.
Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/2011/02/04/20110204hells-angel-member-arrested-in-argentina.html#ixzz1D14NrVvh