A woman entered the Malibu home of NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana and tried to kidnap his grandchild Saturday afternoon, officials said.

The woman took the child from a playpen in the living room and walked upstairs where Montana and his wife confronted her, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.

 “Mr. Montana, and his wife Jennifer, confronted the female, attempted to de-escalate the situation, and asked for the suspect to give back their grandchild. A tussle ensued and Mrs. Montana was able to safely pry the child out of the suspect’s arms,” the Sheriff’s Department said.

The woman then fled to a nearby house, where she was found and arrested by deputies who Montana flagged down for help around 5 p.m. in the 22100 block of Pacific Coast Highway, officials said.

The woman was identified as Sodsai Dalzel, who has been booked on suspicion of kidnapping and burglary, according to the department.

The investigation is ongoing and no further details were immediately available.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department’s Malibu/Lost Hills Station at 818-878-1808. Those who prefer to provide information anonymously can call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

Montana is best known for playing for the San Francisco 49ers. He was named the Super Bowl MVP three times and was elected to the Football Hall of Fame in 2000.


By Kelley Wheeler

Kelley Wheeler is a Metro reporter covering political issues and general assignments. A second-generation journalist, worked with all major news outlet, she holds a vast expeirience. Kelley is a graduate of USC with degrees in journalism and English literature. She is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

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