Joe Montana became a real life hero this weekend after rescuing his grandchild from a would-be kidnapper.
The 64-year-old football hall of famer and wife Jennifer encountered an intruder in their Malibu home holding their sleeping grandchild on Saturday, September 26 and they both leapt into action.
According to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department the intruder entered the Montanas‘ home and attempted to kidnap his nine-month-old grandchild.
“Deputies patrolling the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station were flagged down in the City of Malibu by a man they recognized as Mr. Joe Montana,” the police report (via E! News) reads. “Mr. Montana stated an unknown female had just entered his residence, kidnapped his grandchild, then fled the location without the child.”
Joe had told local authorities that his “grandchild was sleeping in the playpen when an unknown female entered the residence and removed the child from the playpen and held it in her arms.”
“Mr. Montana, and his wife Jennifer, confronted the female, attempted to de-escalate the situation, and asked for the suspect to give back their grandchild,” the incident description read in the police report. “A tussle ensued and Mrs. Montana was able to safely pry the child out of the suspect’s arms. The suspect fled the location.”
The intruder was caught and taken into custody, before being charged with kidnapping and burglary.
Joe later released a statement about the ordeal on Twitter.
“Thank you to everyone who has reached out. Scary situation, but thankful that everybody is doing well,” he wrote. “We appreciate respect for our privacy at this time.”
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