Alex Trebek, the Canadian born television personality who has hosted the syndicated game show “Jeopardy!” since 1984, was injured on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at about 2:30 a.m. PDT in the hallway of the San Francisco downtown Marriott Hotel while pursuing a burglar who was stealing valuables from his room, as reported by KGO-TV, the ABC affiliate in San Francisco, The New York Times, the Daily Mail, CNN, the New York Post, and multiple other sources published on Wednesday, July 27, 2011.
Mr. Trebek, who had just turned 71-years-old on July 22, heard the sound of his Achilles tendon rupture, as he was running after the intruder, causing him to fall and injure his other leg as well.
Both he and his wife, Jean Currivan Trebek, were asleep in the hotel suite, when he awoke to discover a woman rummaging through his possessions.
After giving chase and falling, he managed to return to his room and phone hotel security with a description of the intruder.
Hotel staff were able to detain the alleged thief, later identified as 56-year-old Lucinda Moyers, who has a long record of previous arrests. She has been charged with charged with burglary and receiving stolen property, but has denied committing the crimes, as seen in the attached slide show and video clip which accompany this report..
Police have reported that she was not armed, and that Trebek’s live was never in danger.
It is still unknown how the woman managed entry into his room, especially with the presence of dead bolt locks and inside security latches on hotel doors. Security cameras in elevators and hallways may provide additional clues.
The downtown San Francisco Marriott is located at 55 Fourth Street, not far from Union Square.
Most of Trebek’s belongings were recovered, including his wallet and cell phone. Still missing is his cash, and a gold bracelet of great sentimental value, which his mother gave him, and he has worn continuously for the past 20 years.
Appearing later that morning in Sunnyvale, CA at Google headquarters to host a National Geographic World Championship geography competition, Mr. Trebek seemed in good spirits, explaining what happened to him in the form of a question, the familiar format of his Jeopardy show, originally created by Merv Griffin in 1964, and now produced by Sony Pictures Television.
Jeopardy, which was originally hosted by Art Fleming, now has international local versions seen in 27 countries.
The Achilles tendon serves to attach three muscles to the calcaneus, also called the heel bone. A rupture of the tendon, as happened to Mr. Trebek, is treated with either surgery or immobilization in a cast.
Trebek is scheduled to undergo surgery this Friday, July 28, and is expected to be in a cast for six weeks following the operation.
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