Jeopardy! host injured after chasing burglar in SF
"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek says he snapped his Achilles tendon while running after a burglar who had stolen cash, a bracelet and other items from his San Francisco hotel room.
The Associated Press
The woman accused of stealing cash, a bracelet and other items from Alex Trebek's hotel room is being ordered to stay at least 150 yards from the "Jeopardy!" host and his wife.
A judge Thursday also set Lucinda Moyers' bail at $625,000, noting that the two-time convicted burglar could face an extended sentence under California's three-strikes law if she's found guilty again.
San Francisco Superior Court Judge Jeff Ross said a public defender would be assigned to the 56-year-old woman. She appeared in court in an orange jumpsuit but won't enter a plea until her arraignment set for Monday morning.
Trebek says he ruptured his right Achilles heel after he awoke early Tuesday to someone in his hotel room and chased Moyers down the hall. He's scheduled to have surgery Friday.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.
No one needed to buzz in with a response when "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek appeared at Google headquarters to host the National Geographic World Championship. The question, clearly, was why he was hobbling on crutches.
"The answer is, at 2:30 yesterday morning, chasing a burglar down the hall at my San Francisco hotel until my Achilles tendon ruptured and I fell in an ignominious heap to the carpeting," he jokingly explained Wednesday in the show's signature answer-before-question format.
Lucinda Moyers - the woman accused of stealing cash, a bracelet and other items from Trebek's San Francisco hotel room - was expected to answer some questions from a judge Thursday afternoon.
The 56-year-old San Francisco woman was arrested on suspicion of felony burglary and receiving stolen property, police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said.
Trebek, 71, said he snapped the Achilles tendon while running after the woman around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. He is scheduled to have surgery Friday and is expected to be in a cast for six weeks.
Trebek, who has hosted the syndicated quiz show "Jeopardy!" since 1984, was sleeping at the Marriott Marquis Hotel when he realized someone was inside his room looking through his belongings, he told KNTV.
"I woke up and saw a figure in our hotel bedroom and I thought I was dreaming," he said. "A moment later, I got up and saw that the door was being held open by a wad of tissue. I opened the door and saw a woman walking away, and I realized immediately that someone had been in the room."
Trebek said he ran down the hall and confronted her.
"She came out of the little room where the ice machine is and I said, `What were you doing in our room?'" Trebek said. "She said, `I wasn't in your room!' I said, `What are you doing up here?' She said, `I was visiting friends.' I said, `No, you weren't. Let's see what security has to say about that."
"As I reached for the phone to call security, she bolted. She ran down the hall. I chased her. And I didn't get more than 25 feet before my right Achilles tendon ruptured and I crashed to the ground."
He limped back to his phone and called security. The suspect was apprehended inside the hotel and most of the stolen items were recovered near the ice machine, but no cash was found, Dangerfield said.
"We got most of our stuff back, except the one piece of jewelry that I ever wear. It's a bracelet that my mother gave me many years ago, so that's gone. And cash," Trebek told KGO-TV. "I figured she stashed it somewhere in the hotel, and we'll come back to retrieve it someday."
The district attorney's office said Moyers has two prior burglary convictions from the early 1990s.
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