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Joe Montana 'wrestles his grandchild away from an alleged kidnapper'

NFL legend Joe Montana and his wife were forced to wrestle one of their grandchildren away from an intruder who crept inside their California home, report said.

The frightening incident took place around 5pm on Saturday at a Malibu residence where the couple was staying.  

The alleged intruder, identified by police as Sodsai Dalzell, 39, crept into the home through an unlocked door, authorities told the TMZ Sports.

Authorities said Dalzell happened across the sleeping nine-month-old baby, removed them from a playpen and held them in her arms. 

Joe and Jennifer Montana (pictured) reportedly had to wrestle one of their grandchildren away from a home intruder on Saturday 

TMZ Sports reports that the intruder was soon confronted by Joe and Jennifer Montana.

The couple asked Dalzell to give back the child, but eventually a physical  tussle ensued and Jennifer was able to safely pry the child away. 

Deputies with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department were in the area for an unrelated matter, but someone inside the home notified them of the incident.

The intruder fled the home, but was detained a few blocks away by authorities. She was charged with kidnapping and burglary.  Authorities said no one was injured during the incident. 

Joe Montana spoke out for the first time on Sunday afternoon to thank everyone for their well wishes. 

Authorities said woman, 39, gained entry into the home through an unlocked door, but was later confronted by Joe and Jennifer Montana (pictured)

Joe Montana (pictured) was first drafted to the San Francisco 49ers in 1979 and would later win four Super Bowl championships from 1981 to 1989

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

DailyMail.com has reached out to the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department for further comment. 

Montana, 64, was first drafted to the San Francisco 49ers in 1979 and won four Super Bowl championships from 1981 to 1989. 

He played a total of 16 seasons, during which he won the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000. 

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