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Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana and his wife confronted a home intruder who attempted to kidnap their 9-month-old grandchild over the weekend, police have said.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department say the star 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.

The couple confronted the woman – later identified as Sodsai Dalzell – and asked her to give the child back as they attempted to “de-escalate the situation”.

There was a tussle, after which Jennifer Montana pried the child out of Dalzell’s arms.

The former 49ers star later 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.”

Dalzell fled but was later arrested. She now faces kidnapping and burglary charges. The sheriff’s office declined to release any more information, citing that the case was still ongoing.

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