Joe Montana, Wife Thwart Kidnapping of Grandchild From Malibu Home

A woman entered the NFL legend's Malibu home and tried to take his 9-month-old grandchild, but was thwarted by Montana and his wife.

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A 39-year-old woman was in sheriff's custody Sunday for allegedly trying to kidnap the 9-month-old grandchild of NFL legend Joe Montana from a Malibu home, only to be thwarted by Montana and his wife Jennifer.

Montana tweeted Sunday saying “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.”

A woman entered a home in the 22100 block of Pacific Coast Highway at about 5 p.m. Saturday and took the sleeping child from a playpen living room, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

She was confronted by Montana and his wife, Jennifer, who was able to "safely pry the child out of the suspect's arms" during a "tussle," according to the sheriff's department.

No one was hurt during the altercation.

The woman then allegedly fled to a nearby house.


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The woman was identified later by the sheriff's department as Sodsai Daizell.

Deputies searched the area and found Dalzell and took her into custody on suspicion of kidnapping and burglary.

Dalzell is being held on $150,000 bail. She is scheduled to appear in court in Van Nuys Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.

The sheriff's Malibu/Lost Hills station is asking anyone with information regarding the attempted kidnapping to call them at 818-878-1808. Tips can also be made through CrimeStoppers online here.

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