NFL legend Joe Montana, wife foil kidnap

Joe Montana says the attempted abduction of his grandchild was a scary situation.
Joe Montana says the attempted abduction of his grandchild was a scary situation.

Former NFL quarterback Joe Montana and his wife have confronted a home intruder who attempted to kidnap their nine-month-old grandchild.

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Montana told deputies 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.

After a tussle, law enforcement officials say Jennifer Montana removed the child from Dalzell's arms.

"Thank you to everyone who has reached out," the former San Francisco 49ers star tweeted.

"Scary situation but thankful that everybody is doing well. We appreciate respect for our privacy at this time."

The sheriff's office says Dalzell fled the home but was later arrested. She faces kidnapping and burglary charges.

The sheriff's office declined to release anymore information, citing the case was ongoing.

Montana, 64, retired after the 1994 season, playing 13 years of his 15-year career with the San Francisco 49ers, who won four Super Bowls with him as quarterback.

Australian Associated Press