Alex Trebek has ruptured his Achilles tendon while chasing down a burglar. Before opening the final round of the National Geographic World Championship on Google's Mountain View, California headquarters, the "Jeopardy!" host took some time to explain about his leg injury.
"I'm going to start today with an answer to a question that I suspect is on many of your minds right now," the 71-year-old began talking about why he was hobbling on crutches on Wednesday, July 27, as quoted by San Francisco's ABC7. "The answer is at 2:30 yesterday morning, chasing a burglar down the hall at my San Francisco hotel."
Alex continued to dish on that a female burglar broke into his hotel room at the downtown Marriott when he and his wife were sleeping. Awakened by the intruder, he chased her down the hallway, but his Achilles tendon snapped, causing him to fell and bruise his other leg in the process. He added that he is scheduled for surgery on Friday, July 29.
The burglar has since been arrested and charged with felony burglary and possession of stolen property. She is identified as 56-year-old Lucinda Moyers, and remains jailed on $165,000 bail. It was alleged that among other things, she stole some cash and a bracelet from his mother before stashing them near an ice machine.
Lt. Troy Dangerfield with San Francisco Police Department Public Affairs said, "The suspect was later apprehended by security inside the hotel and they recovered some of the stolen items, minus the cash, near an ice machine." Alex got his wallet and cell phone back, but added that the bracelet from his mother was gone.