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I'll take "Injured Game Show Hosts" for $200. That's the category Jeopardy host Alex Trebek finds himself in after tearing his Achilles tendon while chasing down a burglar who had broken into his room at a San Francisco hotel.
The 71-year-old Trebek was using crutches Wednesday when he hosted the National Geographic World Championship at Google headquarters in Mountain View California. Trebek says he and his wife woke up around 2:30 in the morning to find a woman in his hotel room going through his belongings. He chased her out of the room and down the hall, but had to give up the chase when he snapped his Achilles tendon and, in the game show host’s words, “fell in an ignominious heap," bruising his other leg in the process.
Lt. Troy Dangerfield of the San Francisco Police Department says the burglar was apprehended by hotel security inside the hotel. The woman, identified as 56-year-old Lucinda Moyers, was booked on charges of felony burglary and possession of stolen property. Trebek got his wallet and cell phone back, but cash and a bracelet that his mother had given him remain missing.
Trebek says he will have surgery on Friday, and expects to be in a cast for about six weeks.