Alex Trebek put his life in jeopardy while chasing a burglar out of his hotel room in San Francisco early Wednesday.
The 71-year-old “Jeopardy!” host was on crutches while hosting the National Geographic World Championship at Mountain View-based Google Wednesday, according to several news outlets.
He says his Achilles tendon snapped while he was pursuing a female burglar down his hotel room hallway around 2:30 a.m. Risking life and limb, Trebek said he also injured his other leg when he fell.
Police would not confirm Trebek was the victim of the burglary, citing a policy not to reveal the identity of victims. However, police spokesman Lt. Troy Dangerfield said the guest of a hotel in the unit block of Fourth Street did injure his leg while chasing a burglar from his room.
A man and woman were sleeping in the room when one of them noticed the burglar inside, Dangerfield said. The man was injured during the chase, while the woman called hotel security. The burglar was caught by security.
Lucinda Moyers, 56, was charged with burglary and possession of stolen property, Dangerfield said. The victims positively identified Moyers, he said.
The victims recovered some of the stolen items, which were ditched by the victim near an ice dispenser, Dangerfield said. Among the items stolen were purses, wallets and cash, he said.A bracelet was reportedly stolen and has not been returned.
Police do not know how the suspect gained access to the hotel room. The case is under investigation, Dangerfield said.