Joe Montana and his wife, Jennifer, saved their grandchild from an attempted kidnapping in their California home on Saturday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
A suspect, identified by police as Sodsai Dalzell, entered the Hall of Fame quarterback̵
She then went upstairs with the child, where she was met by Montana and his wife.
“Mr. Montana and his wife Jennifer confronted the woman, tried to de-escalate the situation and asked the suspect to return their grandchild,” the statement said. “There was an argument and Mrs. Montana was able to safely get the child out of the suspect’s arms.”
Dalzell then allegedly fled, and Montana found MPs who were already patrolling the streets and telling what had happened.
“MPs … were stopped in Malibu City by a man they recognized as Mr. Joe Montana,” the statement said.
“The suspect fled to a nearby house where she was found and arrested by MPs from Malibu / Lost Hills,” police said. She was charged with kidnapping and burglary. The sheriff’s department said the child was not injured in the alleged kidnapping attempt.
Broke into the NFL in 1979, 64-year-old Montana saw one of the sport’s most iconic careers when he retired after the 1994 season. He led the San Francisco 49ers to four Super Bowl titles and was named MVP in three of those championship games.
Montana thanked those who contacted him after the incident.
“Thank you to everyone who got in touch. Scary situation, but thankful that everyone is fine. We appreciate the respect for our privacy at this time,” he said on Twitter.
David K. Li contributed.