Police in Santa Cruz, CA have arrested Alix Tichelman, a 26-year-old sex worker from Atlanta, Georgia who they say injected heroin into a Google executive on his yacht, then destroyed evidence and ran from the scene when he OD'd.
Tichelman was arrested last Friday on suspicion of second-degree murder, destruction of evidence and transporting and providing narcotics.
The San Jose Mercury News has an extensive report:
Alix Catherine Tichelman and 51-year-old Forrest Timothy Hayes found each other online and had met a few times before their Nov. 26 encounter on Hayes' 50-foot yacht, Escape, at the Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor, said Santa Cruz Deputy Police Chief Steve Clark.
Tichelman provided heroin for Hayes, a Google executive, while they were inside the yacht, police said. A surveillance video from the boat shows that Hayes was "suffering medical complications" and lost consciousness, Clark said. She made no effort to help him, and instead gathered her belongings and even gulped a glass of wine before she drew a window blind and left, the video shows.
Hayes is survived by his wife of 17 years and his five children.
His tech industry career is said to have included positions at Sun Microsystems, Apple and Google.
Hayes and Tichelman reportedly met on SeekingArrangement.com, a website "for sugar daddies and sugar babies seeking mutually beneficial relationships and arrangements."
Police in Georgia are now taking a second look at an earlier case in which Tichelman bit a former boyfriend, who later died.
Below and above, a few of the tweets and selfies from her Twitter account.
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