Axel Kull / AP
Famer Joe Montana’s Pro Football Hall and his wife Jennifer stopped an intruder from kidnapping their grandchild on Saturday afternoon. The incident culminated in Jennifer Montana pulling the child from the intruder’s arms.
The 9-month-old was sleeping peacefully in the living room when a woman walked into the Montanas home in Malibu, California, took the child out of a playpen and held him in his arms, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement .
The woman, later identified as 39-year-old Sodsai Dalzell, took the child upstairs to where the Montanas confronted her, the sheriff’s department said.
They asked her to return the child. She refused.
“There was an argument and Mrs. Montana was able to safely lift the child out of the suspect’s arms,” said the sheriff’s department.
The woman fled. Joe Montana was able to tag the sheriff deputies patrolling the area and tell them what had happened.
After a search, MPs found Dalzell in a nearby house and arrested her. Nobody was injured. It wasn’t immediately clear whether Dalzell had a lawyer.
“Thank you to everyone who got in touch,” said Joe Montana on Twitter. “Scary situation, but thankful that everyone is fine. We appreciate the respect for our privacy during this time.”
Dalzell was charged with kidnapping and burglary. She is being held at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood on bail for $ 150,000. The court hearing is scheduled for Tuesday morning.
Jennifer Montana is a philanthropist and former Sports Illustrated swimsuit model. Her 64-year-old husband played 16 seasons in the NFL, most of them for the San Francisco 49ers, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.