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Joe Montana, Wife Fought Off Home Intruder Who Allegedly Tried To Kidnap Infant Grandchild

A woman later identified as 39-year-old Sodsai Dalzell has been accused of breaking into NFL icon Joe Montana's Los Angeles home and trying to abduct his 9-month-old grandchild.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt
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Football legend Joe Montana fought off a suspected intruder who allegedly broke into his Los Angeles, California home over the weekend and tried to abduct his infant grandchild.

The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department said that Montana, 64, flagged down patrolling deputies at around 5 p.m. on Saturday night and reported the disturbing incident, according to a press release issued Sunday. Montana said that a woman had gotten into his house and located his 9-month-old grandchild, who was sleeping in her playpen. The woman, later identified as Sodsai Dalzell, allegedly picked up the baby; Montana and his wife Jennifer tried to calmly ask Dalzell to give them back the baby, but when that failed, a brief struggle ensued, and Jennifer Montana was able to take the baby from Dalzell, who then fled the scene.

Authorities found Dalzell in a nearby home during a subsequent search of the area, and she was arrested and charged with kidnapping and burglary, the release states.

Dalzell, 39, is being held at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Los Angeles, online jail records show. Her bail has been set at $150,000, and she is scheduled to next appear in court on Tuesday.

No one was injured during the incident, which Montana described on social media as a "scary situation."

"Thank you to everyone who has reached out," he wrote on Twitter on Sunday. "Scary situation, but thankful that everybody is doing well. We appreciate respect for our privacy at this time."

Montana won four Super Bowl Championships during his decades-long career as a quarterback. He retired in 1995 and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.

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