Alleged high-end prostitute arrested in heroin death
Wednesday, July 09, 2014 - 00:42
California police say a prostitute injected a Google executive with heroin aboard his yacht in Santa Cruz, killing him. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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EDITORS PLEASE NOTE - RESENDING SCRIPT. POLICE HAVE ISSUED A NEWS RELEASE TO CORRECT THE SPELLING OF THE NAME "TICHELMAN" ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Police in California have arrested a woman they described as a high-priced prostitute who is suspected of murdering a man by injecting him with heroin aboard his yacht in a Santa Cruz harbor, authorities said. The Santa Cruz Police Department said security camera footage from the yacht showed Alix Catherine Tichelman, 26, failing to help the 51-year-old victim after he suffered an overdose and fell unconscious in November 2013. "At one point, she steps over the body to finish a glass of wine. Finally, she leaves the boat and reaches back in to lower a blind and conceal the victim's body from outside view," it said in a statement on Tuesday. Authorities say Tichelman became a suspect after it was learned she had a sex-for-money relationship with the man. Police did not identify the victim. The Santa Cruz Sentinel newspaper, which first reported the arrest, said he was a Google executive. The police department said Tichelman was a high-priced prostitute who met clients online and boasted in interviews of having more than 200 client relationships. It said detectives were investigating another case with similar circumstances involving Tichelman in a different state but gave no details. She was arrested in Santa Cruz on the July 4 holiday after being contacted by an officer posing as a potential client, it said. She agreed to a price in excess of $1,000 and was detained when she arrived at "an upscale location." Tichelman was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail for second-degree murder, destruction of evidence and transporting and providing narcotics.
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