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Alex Trebek burglary suspect didn't recognize 'Jeopardy!' host

August 11, 2011 |  7:10 pm

 Alex Trebek suspect is a prostitute, attorney says Woman suspected of robbing Jeopardy host Alex Trebek The woman accused of breaking into a San Francisco hotel room where "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek was staying said she didn't recognize the famed TV star during the encounter.

"I didn't even know who he was," Lucinda Moyers said in a jailhouse interview with the San Francisco Chronicle. "I wish I had never gone up there."

Moyers' attorney insisted Thursday that his client is not a thief but has worked as a prostitute.

Attorney Mark Jacobs told the San Francisco Examiner through a spokeswoman that his client was at the Marriott Marquis hotel on July 26 to meet a client and never entered the room where Trebek was staying with his wife.

Moyers is accused of stealing a wallet, bracelet and $650 in cash from Trebek, who was filming the National Geographic World Championship at Google's Mountain View headquarters at the time of the incident. She pleaded not guilty to one count of residential burglary and one count of possession of stolen property and remains in custody on $625,000 bail.

Hotel security guards apprehended Moyers as Trebek chased her, authorities said. Trebek tore his Achilles tendon during the incident.

But Jacobs said they caught the wrong person. Moyers ran from Trebek because she didn't want the hotel to know she was there for prostitution, her attorney said, and she never took anything from the game show host.

"Ms. Moyers didn't have any stolen property in her possession when she was arrested," Jacobs told the Examiner.

Prosecutors said Moyers has a record of stealing from hotels -- she was convicted in 1990, 1991 and 1997 for burglarizing hotels and spent more than 12 years in jail.

The man Moyers said she was supposed to meet never answered the door, Jacobs said.


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Photo (top): "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek  Credit: Ben Hider/Getty Images

Photo (right): Lucinda Moyers Credit: San Francisco Police Department handout / Associated Press