Hooker detained, charged for Google exec’s heroin overdose death

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Santa Cruz, CA, United States (4E) – The suspect in the death of a Google executive last year appeared in court on Wednesday facing charges of manslaughter, transporting drugs and destroying evidence.

Alix Catherine Tichelman, 26, of Folsom, is being held on a $1.5 million bail after her arrest on Friday in Santa Cruz, California. The Santa Cruz County Superior Court scheduled her arraignment next week.

Tichelman, a prostitute, injected Forrest Timothy Hayes, 51, with heroin on the night of Nov. 23 aboard his 50-foot yacht, Escape, in the Santa Cruz harbor. Footage from a security camera on the yacht that day showed Hayes falling unconscious from an apparent overdose and Tichelman leaving the yacht without calling for help.

The suspect took drug and paraphernalia and at one point stepped over Hayes’ body to “finish a glass of wine” before leaving, according to Santa Cruz police.

The yacht’s captain found Hayes’ body the following morning. Police initially suspected she murdered Hayes.

The two met in the dating website for sugar daddies and babies, Seeking Arrangements, and they had a regular prostitution relationship.

After Hayes’ death, Tichelman left Santa Cruz and went in hiding. An entrapment was set up with a police posing as a client and offering Tichelman $1,000 for sex to lure her back to the city. She returned on the Fourth of July.

Before his death, Hayes worked in Google X division, which developed the Google Glass and driverless cars. He left his wife of 17 years and five children.

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