SAN FRANCISCO CA July 29 2011 — “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek is scheduled for surgery after he snapped his Achilles tendon while running after a woman who he says stole cash and other items from his San Francisco hotel room.
The 71-year-old Trebek tells reporters he spotted the woman in his room around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, chased her down and confronted her.
He was on crutches Wednesday when he hosted the National Geographic World Championship at Google headquarters.
San Francisco police Lt. Troy Dangerfield says hotel security apprehended the suspect and recovered some of Trebek’s belongings.
Dangerfield says 56-year-old old Lucinda Moyers was arrested on suspicion of felony burglary and receiving stolen property.
After his scheduled surgery Friday, Trebek is expected to be in a cast for six weeks.
On Thursday, Moyers was ordered to stay at least 150 yards from the “Jeopardy!” host and his wife.
A judge Thursday also set 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.