Joe Montana thwarts woman in house who tried to kidnap 9-month-old grandchild: Sheriff
AP / Josie Lepe
Joe Montana in Santa Clara, Calif., Oct. 21, 2018.

By Nouran Salahieh, KTLA

MALIBU, Calif. (KTLA) -- 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 department said.

The woman then fled to a nearby house, where she was found and arrested by deputies whom Montana flagged down around 5 p.m. while they were on patrol in the 22100 block of Pacific Coast Highway, officials said. Sodsai Dalzel, 39, was booked on suspicion of kidnapping and burglary, according to the department.

The baby was not hurt and no injuries were reported, officials said.