Malibu, CA – Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana and his wife Jennifer intervened to stop a woman from kidnapping their nine-month-old grandchild in their home.
TMZ reported that a 39-year-old Sodsai Dalzell got into Montana’s home Sept. 26 at about 5 p.m. and removed the sleeping infant from a playpen.
Joe and Jennifer Montana saw Dalzell holding the sleeping baby and tried to de-escalate the situation by asking the intruder to give them back the infant, according to TMZ.
But there was a scuffle between the Montanas and Dalzell and Jennifer was able to safely pry the infant away from the woman.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were on the same block on an unrelated matter and were able to quickly respond, according to TMZ.
Dalzell fled the scene but was picked up by the deputies.
Joe Montana tweeted, “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.”
Dalzell was booked on kidnapping and burglary charges.
Montana played 15 seasons in the National Football League and won four Super Bowls while with the San Francisco 49ers.
Montana was critical of former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2017.
Montana said three years ago that Kaepernick was having trouble getting signed by an NFL team because of his performance and the distractions he created, not his kneeling during the National Anthem.
“Everyone thinks it is the stance he took; one of the things you don’t look for is distractions in the locker room,” Montana said in 2017, according to The Sporting News.
“You can go back to Bill Walsh and as soon as there were guys that weren’t fitting in what he was looking for, it didn’t matter how good you were. You weren’t on the team for very long. You have to have people who want the same thing, fighting for the same thing and willing to put in the time,” he said.