Jeopardy Host Hurt Chasing Hotel Burglar

Alex Trebek snapped Achilles tendon during pursuit
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 28, 2011 2:22 AM CDT

(Newser) – "I deal with answers and questions," Jeopardy host Alex Trebek told the crowd at the National Geographic World Championship after hobbling onstage on crutches. "Today I'm going to start with the answer to a question on many of your minds right now. The answer is: 'At 2:30 yesterday morning, chasing a burglar down the hall ... until my Achilles tendon ruptured and I fell in an ignominious heap, bruising my other leg in the process."

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A 56-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of burglary in connection with the chase at the San Francisco hotel where Trebek, 71, and his wife were staying, CNN reports. Trebek woke when the burglar entered his room and he gave chase while his wife called security, who caught the suspect, according to cops. Cash, a bracelet, and other items were taken from the couple's room. Trebek is scheduled for surgery tomorrow and is expected to be in a cast for some six weeks, AP reports. (Read more Jeopardy stories.)

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