The ex-call girl convicted in a Google executive’s heroin overdose death is now in the custody of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Federal immigration agents were waiting for Alix Tichelman, who holds dual citizenship with Canada, as she left a California jail just before dawn on March 29. She had just completed a nearly two-year sentence on an involuntary manslaughter charge.
The 30-year-old prostitute injected her repeat customer, Google employee Forrest Hayes, with an accidental, but fatal dose of heroin during their maritime romp in 2014.
She tried to revive the dying 51-year-old, but gave up as he slipped into unconsciousness. She finished her red wine and left his yacht parked in the Santa Cruz harbor.
ICE requested a 24-hour hold on Tichelman a month into her imprisonment in 2015 — and again two days before she ended her sentence, early, cops said. Tichelman was slapped with a five-year sentence but was released earlier for good behavior.
“ICE agents were on hand at 5 a.m. March 29 when Ms. Tichelman was released,” Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Clark said in a statement to the Santa Cruz Sentinel.
Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office refused to honor ICE’s request, citing the state’s TRUST Act. The measure prohibits law enforcement from using immigration holds to keep inmates behind bars beyond their sentence.
Clark added that this is the fifth time ICE agents have staked out jail waiting to detain inmates upon release.