Police say Paul Eischeid is a Hell's Angel to his core. Proud of his numerous tattoos, Eischeid was one of the most enthusiastic young members of the Hells Angels chapter in Mesa, Arizona in 2001, but in effect, he led a double life. By day, Eischeid wore suits that covered his tattoos to his job at a stock brokerage firm in Phoenix. At night, he was a frequent fixture at the Hell's Angels' clubhouse, drinking, and living the lifestyle of an outlaw biker. He even had "Hell 666 bound" tattooed on his lower back. In 2001, Eischeid was not a "full patch" member of the Hells Angels, but that was his goal. To reach that full-patch status takes time and is earned by demonstrated loyalty to the club above all else.
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On the night of October 25, 2001, police say Eischeid was hanging out at the Mesa clubhouse with a group of HA's when they decided to send somebody out to scour the streets for some women to bring back for the party. Cynthia Garcia, was a 44-year-old mother of six who happened to be out and about that night when she got the invite to party with the bikers back at their clubhouse. Cynthia, a mother of six, had been through some rough times. She's been in abusive relationships with men, and had struggled with alcohol problems. But, by all accounts from her family, she was a sweet person at heart.
"Drinking caused her problems," her mother told AMW. As the party continued inside the club house that night, an inebriated Cynthia started "mouthing off" to some of the Hells Angels. Police say the bikers warned her to keep quiet.
When Cynthia kept talking, one of the Hells Angels allegedly knocked her off of a barstool. Then, a confidential informant told police that he, Eischeid and another biker began beating and kicking Cynthia until she was bleeding and unconscious. Then, police report, they tossed the woman into a car trunk, and drove out to the desert where they took turns stabbing the woman until she was nearly decapitated. The gang left their victim's corpse to rot in the desert. A passing motorist discovered the mutilated, badly decomposed body a week later on Halloween and alerted authorities. For several months, police had no idea who had murdered Cynthia Garcia. Her family wanted answers and they wanted justice. Because Cynthia hadn't told anyone
A judge allowed Eischeid to bail out while he waited for his trial. It was a major mistake.
The next day, he cut off his court-ordered ankle monitoring bracelet and fled. He's been on the run ever since.
Eischeid was one of more than 50 Hells Angels and associates arrested in 2003 as part of a major crackdown on motorcycle gang violence in Arizona. He was charged in connection with the murder of Cynthia Garcia. However, because he had no criminal history except a misdemeanor conviction, had a good job, and owned two upscale homes in the area, a judge granted stockbroker-outlaw biker bail while he waited trial. His lawyer argued successfully that Eischeid was not a flight risk because of those stability factors. This despite the fact that when agents raided his home during the sweep, they found numerous weapons and more than a thousand rounds of ammunition.
The judge at the time the ruling to grant bail was made did not have all of the details of the murder. The ATF had brought down the Arizona Hells Angels with the help of a confidential informant and deep cover agents who'd penetrated the HA's deeper than any law enforcement operation had ever succeeded in doing. At the time of Eischeid's release on bail, a key HA informant was still on the inside of the HA's providing law enforcement critical information and building cases that would lead to indictments against other chapters in numerous states. To have revealed everything the government knew about the murder of Cynthia Garcia at Eischeid's bail hearing would have compromised the ongoing investigation. Agents never anticipated that Eischeid would have been granted bond on a such a vicious murder.
Back on the street, awaiting trial, Eischeid took advantage of his luck. One night he invited a bunch of his biker buddies to a big bash at his upscale home. Ironically, his new house was not far from where Cynthia Garcia's body had been found out in the desert. Eischeid in effect, threw himself a "going away" party.
The next day, he cut off his court-ordered ankle monitoring bracelet and fled. He's been on the run ever since. On June 26th, 2007, the U.S. Marshals' Service named Paul Merle Eischeid to their Top 15. During the past four years, Eischeid is believed to have traveled to Canada, Germany, and London. Authorities believe Eischeid is being hidden and protected in the global underground network of outlaw bikers.