“Jeopardy!” champion Amy Schneider, who was recently dubbed the show’s highest-earning female contestant, was robbed at gunpoint over New Year’s weekend in Oakland, California.
The reigning “Jeopardy!” champ tweeted about the robbery to her 52,000 followers, saying she was shaken up but otherwise OK.
“Hi all! So first off: I’m fine. But I got robbed yesterday, lost my ID, credit cards and phone. I then couldn’t really sleep last night, and have been dragging myself around all day trying to replace everything,” the Oakland resident said in her post.
Oakland police said in a statement they were still investigating the armed robbery that occurred Sunday afternoon and had not yet made any arrests.
Candace Kea, a police spokesperson, told NBC News that two people, one armed, fled after robbing the victim of “personal belongings.” No arrests had been made as of early Tuesday afternoon, Kea said.
Schneider, an engineering manager in Oakland, California, who made history last month as the first transgender contestant to qualify for the Tournament of Champions, won again on Tuesday’s show bringing her winning streak to 25 consecutive victories, earning her $897,600 in winnings so far.
The game show issued a statement saying, “We were deeply saddened to hear about this incident, and we reached out to Amy privately to offer our help in any capacity.”
Schneider has faced a spate of anti-transgender harassment online. Over the holidays, Schneider defended herself against trolls who repeatedly misgendered her on social media.
“I’d like to thank all the people who have taken the time, during this busy holiday season, to reach out and explain to me that, actually, I’m a man,” she wrote. “Every single one of you is the first person ever to make that very clever point, which had never once before crossed my mind.”
Schneider says she doesn’t want her gender to become the sole focus of her identity.
“I didn’t want to make too much about being trans, at least in the context of the show,” she wrote in November in a Twitter thread. “I am a trans woman, and I’m proud of that fact, but I’m a lot of other things, too!”