A woman accused of burglarizing the San Francisco hotel room of “Jeopardy” game show host Alex Trebek early Tuesday made her initial appearance in court today to face charges in the case. Lucinda Moyers, 56, was arrested at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis at 55 Fourth St. around 3 a.m. Tuesday after being detained by hotel security guards, police said.
Trebek was in town filming the National Geographic World Championship at Google headquarters in Mountain View. Early Tuesday, he and his wife Jean were sleeping when he awoke to find a woman inside their room, stealing property. He got out of bed and began chasing her down the hotel’s hallway when his Achilles tendon ruptured and he fell “in an ignominious heap to the carpeting,” he told the audience at Google after he showed up on crutches to the taping.
San Francisco police responded and eventually took Moyers into custody. She is believed to have stolen items including purses, wallets and cash, and although officers found several of the items near a hotel ice machine, no cash was recovered, according to police. Moyers was charged with one count of residential burglary and one count of possession of stolen property.
She appeared in San Francisco Superior Court today to be arraigned but did not enter a plea. The arraignment was delayed until Monday while she is assigned an attorney with the public defender’s office. Moyers has two prior convictions for residential burglary in San Francisco in 1990 and 1991, and served time in state prison for both, district attorney’s spokeswoman Erica Terry Derryck said. Derryck said the district attorney has not yet decided whether to prosecute the burglary as a three-strikes case.
Moyers is being held on $625,000 bail and was also ordered to stay at least 150 yards away from Trebek and his wife.
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