Joe Montana: "Thanks to everyone who got in touch"
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Former American football star Joe Montana apparently prevented the kidnapping of his nine-month-old grandchild.
The Los Angeles police confirmed a corresponding report from the "TMZ Sports" portal on Sunday.
A 39-year-old woman broke through an unlocked door on Saturday afternoon into the house in Malibu where Montana was staying with his wife Jennifer and their grandchild, according to the TMZ Sports report.
Montana told police the baby slept in a playpen.
The woman picked up the child and then went to another part of the house, where she was discovered by Montana and his wife.
According to the 64-year-old, they confronted the woman, tried to "de-escalate the situation" and asked her to return the child.
According to police, there was then a scramble and Jennifer Montana tore the baby from the woman's arms.
Joe Montana commented on the moment of shock on Twitter.
"Many thanks to everyone who got in touch," he wrote: "Scary situation, but thankful that everyone is fine."
He asked that the family's privacy be respected.
The 39-year-old alleged perpetrator fled, but was arrested shortly afterwards.
You face a lawsuit for break-in and kidnapping.
The police did not want to publish more information with reference to the ongoing investigation.
Montana was a professional American football player for 15 years and is considered one of the best quarterbacks in history.
With the San Francisco 49ers, he won the Super Bowl four times.
In 1994, Montana ended his career.
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