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 on Sunday.
- Sodsai Dalzell, 39, allegedly broke into Joe Montana’s Malibu home on Saturday
- The former 49ers quarterback, 64, and his wife Jennifer, 62, found Dalzell holding their granddaughter by her playpen at about 5pm, police said
- The couple told Dalzell to give the baby back but she refused and a tussle ensued
- Jennifer eventually snatched the baby from Dalzell, who fled the scene
- Dalzell was arrested soon after and booked on kidnapping charges
- Investigators said Dalzell was unknown to the Montana family prior to the attempted kidnapping
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Montana told deputies that his grandchild was sleeping in a playpen on Saturday when an unknown woman entered their home in Malibu and grabbed the child. 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 say Jennifer Montana pried the child out of Dalzell’s arms.
Deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department apprehended Dalzell after Joe flagged down a patrol car passing through his affluent Malibu neighborhood dubbed ‘Billionaire’s Row’ soon after the alleged attempted kidnapping
“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 office says that Dalzell fled the home but was later arrested. She faces kidnapping and burglary charges.
Witnesses said the suspect did not put up a fight while being handcuffed.
She was booked on charges of kidnapping and burglary and her bail was set at $150,000. She is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.
It wasn’t immediately known if Dalzell had a lawyer who could speak on her behalf.
The sheriff’s office declined to release anymore information, citing that the case was still ongoing.
Montana, 64, retired after the 1994 season, playing 13 years of his 15 year-career with the San Francisco 49ers, which won four Super Bowls with him as starting quarterback.
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.
— Joseph Montana (@JoeMontana) September 27, 2020