Immigration authorities revealed on Friday that they intend to deport Alix Tichelman, the prostitute, who goes by the nickname “Harbor Hooker,” after she injected a lethal dose of heroin into Google executive in 2013.
Officials took the 29-year-old Alix Tichelman into custody immediately after she completed her jail sentence for involuntary manslaughter after she injected married Google executive Forrest Hayes with a fatal dose of heroin.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson James Schwab said a judge required Tichelman to be deported to Canada due to her felony convictions, the Daily Mail reported.
Tichelman, who grew up with a privileged lifestyle in Atlanta, Georgia, and then California, was released from prison on March 29th, after serving two years.
As soon as she walked outside of the prison, ICE agents detained her.
She reportedly injected Hayes, a married father-of-five, with heroin in 2013 and then left without seeking assistance when he passed out on his boat in the Santa Cruz harbor.
Authorities said surveillance footage at the dock showed Tichelman panicking and trying to revive the victim. Then it showed her stepping over Hayes’ body, chugging a glass of wine, and lowering a blind before she left.
Police said the man hired Tichelman multiple times for drug-fueled sex after they met on Seeking Arrangement, which sets up “sugar babies” with wealthy older suitors.
Santa Cruz sheriff’s officials verified that they turned over Tichelman to the Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement after she was released.
The Santa Cruz Sentinel reported that Tichelman has dual citizenship in the U.S. and Canada, where she was born.
Santa Cruz County Immigration Director Doug Keegan said: “Anyone with a felony is put in a special category, and there’s no way of preventing their deportation.”
Although it is not common, it is plausible for a naturalized U.S. citizen to have their citizenship taken away through a method referred to as “denaturalization.”
Tichelman served almost two years in the Santa Cruz County Jail after pleading guilty in 2015 to involuntary manslaughter and providing drugs.
Defense lawyer Larry Biggam said Tichelman injected herself with heroin before she gave it to Hayes, and that the heroin impacted her judgment at the time.
In 2014, he said: “This case is about adults who were engaged in consensual drug usage in the context of a sexual encounter initiated and encouraged by Hayes. There was no intent to harm, much less kill, Hayes. Why would she? He was a lucrative source of income to her. To demonize, sensationalize, and blame Alix Tichelman for his death is misplaced, unfair, and wrong. She’s like a wounded bird.”
His body was discovered the next day, and she was charged eight months later.
Prosecutors later dismissed or reduced several charges, she pleaded guilty before it went to trial, and a judge sentenced her to six years.
Tichelman completed drug rehab programs while she was incarcerated due to her heroin addiction.
Her addiction led her to become a high-end prostitute to support herself.
Her ex, 53-year-old monkey trainer Dean Riopelle, was killed from a drug overdose in Georgia two months before Hayes’ death, but his death was ruled to be accidental.
After the woman had been charged in California, Georgia-based authorities looked again at Riopelle’s overdose.
Investigators said a panicked Tichelman had contacted Milton police, saying that the man had overdosed and wasn’t responding. She was not charged.
An autopsy report indicated that Riopelle’s died as a result of a lethal combination of heroin, oxycodone, and alcohol.
According to WSB-TV, Tichelman had been arrested two weeks before Riopelle’s death for biting him, and friends referred their relationship as volatile and abusive.
Captain Shawn McCarty of the Milton Police said: “It’s still conjecture, looking at the similarities between the two situations, but we’re going to go back and make sure that everything determined to be correct, almost a year ago, is still factual and accurate. Both subjects in these cases died of heroin overdoses, so there are several factors we want to look at to make sure that we didn’t miss anything.”