Former 49er Joe Montana, Wife Block Home Intruder From Kidnapping Grandchild

September 29, 2020 Updated: September 29, 2020

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.

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.

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Joe Montana and his wife, left, Jennifer, walk onto the field at Levi’s Stadium before an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Detroit Lions in Santa Clara, Calif. (Tony Avelar/AP Photo)

After a tussle, law enforcement officials say Jennifer Montana pried the child out of Dalzell’s arms.

“Thank you to everyone who has reached out,” the former San Francisco 49ers star wrote in a tweet. “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.

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.