Authorities say that NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana and his wife, Jennifer, rescued their grandchild from an attempted kidnapping Saturday at their home in California.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement that the suspect, identified as Sodsai Dalzell, entered the Montana residence in Malibu around 5 p.m. Saturday. The statement alleged that she kidnapped the Montanas’ 9-month-old grandchild by removing the child from a playpen in the living room, then walked upstairs with the child, where she was met by Montana and his wife, according to the sheriff’s department.
The statement said, “Mr. Montana, and his wife Jennifer, confronted the female, attempted to de-escalate the situation, and asked for the suspect to give back their grandchild. A tussle ensued and Mrs. Montana was able to safely pry the child out of the suspects arms. The suspect fled to a nearby house, where she was located and arrested by Malibu/Lost Hills Deputie. She was charged with kidnapping and burglary. The child was not injured.”
Montana said in a statement on social media.: “Thank you to everyone who has reached out. Scary situation, but thankful that everybody is doing well. We appreciate respect for our privacy at this time.”
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