Suspect in Alex Trebek case claims goal was prostitution, not thievery 

Lucinda Moyers said she was looking to score the night “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek’s San Francisco hotel room was burglarized — but not in the way prosecutors might think.

Click on the photo at right to see a mugshot of Lucinda Moyers.

The woman accused of sneaking into Trebek’s Marriott Marquis room as he slept alongside his wife July 26 told her attorney she is a prostitute who was in the hotel then to meet a john. She said she never entered Trebek’s room and ran from him because she didn’t want hotel security to know her true purpose for being there.

Moyers is accused of stealing $650 in cash, a wallet and a bracelet from Trebek, who was in town filming the National Geographic World Championship at Google headquarters in Mountain View.

Moyers pleaded not guilty to one count each of residential burglary and possession of stolen property. She remains in custody on $625,000 bail.

Authorities say hotel security guards captured Moyers as Trebek was chasing after her. During the chase, the 71-year-old game show host tore his Achilles tendon.

Moyers’ attorney, Mark Jacobs, speaking through a spokeswoman for the Public Defender’s Office, said Trebek fingered the wrong person. The game show host woke up when he sensed someone in his room, but fell back asleep after seeing that his wife was still in bed, Jacobs said. Trebek was then awakened by light coming in through the open door, indicating that he could never have seen the burglar inside his room, Jacobs said.

Contrary to the police report, “Ms. Moyers didn’t have any stolen property in her possession when she was arrested,” Jacobs said.

The attorney also said the stolen items, including the bracelet and $650 cash, were never recovered. Police said other stolen items were found by an ice machine.

While Moyers was in the hotel to meet a john, her date did not come to the door when she knocked, according to the Public Defender’s Office.

The District Attorney’s Office is considering prosecuting the burglary as a three-strikes case. Moyers has had three previous convictions for burglarizing hotels in The City — in 1990, 1991 and 1997 — and spent more than 12 years in the slammer for the crimes, prosecutors said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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