Woman arrested after attempt to kidnap infant grandchild of NFL’s Joe Montana in Malibu

Joe Montana speaks to reporters during a panel at Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco in 2015.
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Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana and his wife confronted a home intruder who attempted to kidnap their 9-month-old grandchild over the weekend, law enforcement officials confirmed Sunday.

Montana told deputies that his grandchild was sleeping in a playpen Saturday when an unknown woman entered their home in Malibu and grabbed the child, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Montana and his wife, Jennifer, confronted the woman, whom authorities later identified as Sodsai Dalzell, tried to “de-escalate the situation” and asked her to give back their grandchild.

After a tussle, law enforcement officials said, Jennifer Montana pried the child out of the woman’s arms.


“Thank you to everyone who has reached out,” the former San Francisco 49ers star tweeted. “Scary situation, but thankful that everybody is doing well. We appreciate respect for our privacy at this time.”

The Sheriff’s Department said that Dalzell fled the home but was later arrested. She faces kidnapping and burglary charges.

It wasn’t immediately known if Dalzell had a lawyer who could speak on her behalf.

Sheriff’s officials declined to release any more information, saying that the case was still under investigation.

Montana, 64, retired after the 1994 NFL season,. He spent 13 years of his 15-year-career with the San Francisco 49ers, which won four Super Bowls with him as starting quarterback.