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Alex Trebek: Crime-Fighter

"Jeopardy" host tears Achilles tendon chasing down burglar at San Francisco hotel; suspect is 56-year-old woman

Updated 3:30 p.m., 7/27/11.

Alex Trebek, "Jeopardy" host, is now Alex Trebek, crime-fighter.

The legendary presenter of the trivia game show injured himself early Tuesday while chasing down a burglar who broke into his Marriott hotel room overnight.

Lucinda Moyers, 56, was arrested and charged with burglary and felony possession of stolen goods, according to San Francisco police. She was not a guest at the hotel.

Trebek was in the Bay Area to moderate the National Geographic World Championship geography finals, which took place Wednesday morning at Google's headquarters in Mountain View. He had been staying at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis on Fourth Street.

According to police, Moyers broke into Trebek's hotel room about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, waking the television personality and his wife. The woman grabbed jewelry, Trebek's wallet and a purse and fled the room.

Trebek gave chase and fell down, hurting his leg and tearing his Achilles tendon, according to Stephanie Montgomery, a spokeswoman for National Geographic. Trebek's wife called hotel security, who captured the woman inside the hotel. Some of the items that were stolen were found near the ice machine, but some cash is still missing, according to Lt. Troy Dangerfield of the SFPD.

After police arrived and Trebek positively identified the woman, Moyers was arrested.

On Wednesday, hotel staffers said they did not know if Moyers had tried to enter any other rooms. Leslie Duncan, director of sales and marketing, said Moyers had not been a guest at the hotel. She declined to provide other details about the incident, including how Moyers was able to walk through the hotel and enter Trebek's room.

"Since it's an ongoing investigation, I can't comment right now," she said. "The hotel is open 24 hours, seven days a week, so we have a full, round-the-clock security team here at the hotel. Our security team responded and apprehended her and I am very proud that happened so quickly."

On Tuesday, Trebek visited Google's medical office before going to a nearby hospital for treatment. He insisted on moderating Wednesday's events despite being on crutches, Montgomery said.

“He was a total trouper and agreed to stay, was happy to stay, for rehearsal yesterday and the event today,” she said.

Trebek was en route from San Francisco to Los Angeles via airplane Wednesday afternoon for surgery.

Of the burglar, Montgomery said the woman seemed to have no knowledge that she had broken into a celebrity's room.

“It had nothing to do with him being Alex Trebek,” she said. “She wasn't a stalker or a fan or anything like that.”

Trebek gave a brief explanation of the incident during the Google-sponsored competition.

Three teams of students competed in the championship, a biennial competition for students worldwide that tests their knowledge of physical, cultural and economic geography.

Russia won the event Wednesday, beating out Canada, the defending champion, and Chinese Taipei. The United States placed fourth.

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