American football legend Joe Montana and his wife managed to save their nine-month-old grandson from an attempted kidnapping, according to authorities.
The Los Angeles County Police Department said the couple encountered a woman who entered their home and removed the baby from a designated place in the home.
Officials said the couple were able to recover the child after a “fight” with the woman.
“It’s scary, but I’m grateful that everyone is fine,” the former player said on Twitter.
“We value our privacy respect at this time,” Montana added.
Montana, now 64, has spent most of his career with the San Francisco 49 and is widely regarded as one of the best midfielders ever. He was nicknamed “The Child of Return” during his glory in the 1980s, as he was famous for scoring key points for his team in the final moments of matches.
The Los Angeles County Police Department said an intruder entered the couple’s Malibu home on Saturday night and caught their sleeping grandson.
Montana and his wife Jennifer tried to “calm the situation” and asked the woman to return the child, before “the outbreak of a violent fight during which Mrs. Montana was able to safely remove the child from the suspect’s arms,” according to the police statement.
The suspect, Sudsay Dalzel, fled the scene, but the authorities later arrested her and charged her with kidnapping and robbery.