SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - A Georgia prostitute at the center of the investigation into a Google executive’s death may also be tied to another violent act against a man she dated in the metro Atlanta area.
At a California court, 26-year-old Alix Tichelman appeared in a red jumpsuit Wednesday facing drug and manslaughter charges.
Police, who call Tichelman a “high-end call girl,” said she injected 51-year-old Forrest Hayes with heroin and then left him to die aboard his yacht in California.
The apparent overdose happened back in November but police obtained new video evidence that linked Tichelman to the crime. Police said she stepped over him, gathered her heroin and finished off a glass of wine.
Channel 2 Action News has learned that two months before Hayes was found dead, Tichelman was arrested by Milton, Georgia police for biting her then-boyfriend, 53-year-old Dean Riopelle. Riopelle, who lived in Milton, owned the Masquarade, an Atlanta music venue.
Just about two weeks after Tichelman was arrested for biting Riopelle, Riopelle died. His obituary doesn’t mention how he died, but there are reports from a local entertainment website that it was from an apparent heart attack. Police did not say when Channel 2 Action News asked them on Wednesday night.
Santa Cruz Deputy Police Chief Steve Clark said his agency is cooperating with police in a different state on a similar case. Clark did not say which state that case was in.