MALIBU (CBS SF/CBS LA) — San Francisco 49ers great Joe Montana tweeted Sunday that it was a “scary situation” as he rescued his grandchild from an alleged abduction attempt inside a Malibu home.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Montana told deputies that 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 pried the child out of Dalzell’s arms.
On Sunday, Montana tweeted: “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.”
The sheriff’s office says that Dalzell fled the home but was later arrested. She faces kidnapping and burglary charges. No other details have been released.
The child was not injured.
Anyone with information about this incident was asked to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Malibu/Lost Hills Station (818) 878-1808.
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