Joe Montana prevents his granddaughter from being kidnapped – Marin Independent Journal | #childabductors

49ers legend and Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana and his wife had to grab his baby granddaughter from the arms of an intruder in his home to prevent her from being kidnapped.

TMZ reported a 39-year-old woman allegedly walked into the Montanas’ house in Malibu through an unlocked door Saturday night and grabbed their nine-month-old grandchild out of a playpen.

The woman, identified Sunday night by the Los Angeles County sheriff’s department as Sodsai Dalzell, had the baby in her arms when the Montanas chased her and confronted her. The 64-year-old Montana and his wife, Jennifer, tried to de-escalate the situation and asked the woman to return the child. Finally, they had to wrestle to get their grandchild back, according to police.

“A tussle ensued and Mrs. Montana was able to safely pry the child out of the suspect’s arms,” the sheriff’s department said in a statement Sunday.

After the Montanas got their granddaughter back, Dalzell ran from the home, according to the police report. As fortune would have it for the Montanas, two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were in the area  on a different call. TMZ reported that a person inside the Montanas’ home flagged down the deputies, who then found the female intruder in a home a few blocks away.

In a tweet Sunday, Joe Montana expressed his gratitude for all the support his family received after news of their scary incident came out.

“Thank you to everyone who has reached out,” he tweeted. “Scary situation, but thankful that everybody is doing well. We appreciate respect for our privacy at this time.”

Dalzell was arrested on charges of kidnapping and burglary, the sheriff’s department said. No one was injured during the incident, said the sheriff’s department.

The Montanas have four children, who range in age from 28 to 34: daughters Alexandra and Elizabeth, and sons Nate and Nick. It was not immediately clear which is the parent of the child.

More than 30 years ago, Montana and his wife were involved in another kidnapping case in the Bay Area. The FBI asked Montana to make a public plea to the kidnapper of 9-year-old Michaela Garecht of Hayward, who was abducted from a nearby shopping center parking lot.

“We thought this would be a very appropriate public figure that people would stop and listen to. He was extremely receptive to doing this,” FBI spokesman Chuck Latting said in 1988.




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