Prostitute arrested in connection with Google executive's overdose death

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by WXIA-TV

KREM.com

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 8:12 AM

MILTON, Ga. — The woman arrested in connection with a Google executive's overdose death has ties to a similar case in Georgia.

Alix Tichelman, 26, was arrested Friday on a charge of manslaughter in the November 2013 death of 51-year-old Forrest Timothy Hayes. Police said Tichelman supplied Hayes with heroin, then did not try to help him when he overdosed and fell unconscious.

Tichelman's former boyfriend in Georgia also died after suffering a drug overdose last fall, according to police reports.

Tichelman told Georgia investigators that on Sept. 17, she was in the bathroom of the couple's Hopewell Road home when she heard a crash and found 53-year-old Dean Riopelle unconscious.

Riopelle was rushed to North Fulton Hospital; he died a week later.

Tichelman told police Riopelle, owner of The Masquerade, an Atlanta concert venue, was on a Roxycodone "bender" in the days leading up to his death. Milton Police spokeswoman Jeanette Citta said investigators are re-examining this case.

Tichelman had been charged previously with battery and filing a false report against Riopelle. On Sept. 6, 2013, she told police Riopelle "threw her to the ground multiple times" because he did not approve of her behavior at The Masquerade, according to another police report.

A witness told police that Tichelman bit Riopelle's finger and scratched his face, then "told him that she was going to hit herself in the face and call the police so he would be arrested."

Tichelman, who allegedly worked as an escort, had an "ongoing prostitution relationship" with Hayes, who was married and a father of five, police said.

On Facebook, Tichelman was AK Kennedy, model and woman about town who boasted about backstage passes to concerts and posted dozens of photos of herself wearing lingerie, black leather bustiers and towering thigh-high boots.

She advertised her modeling portfolio on the ModelMayhem.com website, where she described herself as a 5-foot-9, 115-pound, "sweet & sexy vixen."

Tichelman mused on Facebook about her aspirations as a novelist and posted excerpts from her novel-in-progress about a high school girl named Kat. She wrote that she feared prison but hated "stupid laws and rules."

Contributing: Donna Leinwand Leger from McLean, Va.; USA TODAY

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