What We Know About WWE and ‘Total Divas’ Star Sonya Deville’s Alleged Stalker

by Jeremy Spirogis
Sonya Deville

A scary incident came about on the house {of professional} wrestler Daria Berenato, recognized by her stage title Sonya Deville, on Aug. 16.

Authorities in Lutz, Florida responded to a break-in at a home owned by the WWE star and after apprehending the suspect realized of a plot a number of months within the making. Here’s extra on what we all know in regards to the suspect, his plan, and what Deville has mentioned following his arrest.

Sonya Deville
Daria Berenato aka Sonya Deville | Gary Gershoff/Getty Images

Who is Sonya Deville?

Deville’s profession with WWE started after she competed on the fact collection Tough Enough. In 2015, she appeared on season 6 of the present and was the third contestant eradicated however ended signing a contract with the corporate’s developmental model NXT.

According to her WWE profile, the New Jersey native has a background in combined martial arts and in December 2015, made her in-ring wrestling debut in opposition to celebrity Nia Jax. Two years later, Deville joined forces with Mandy Rose and Paige to type the trio Absolution. Paige later retired and have become the Smackdown normal supervisor. Both Deville and Rose moved to Smackdown following the group’s Superstar Shake-up in 2018.

Deville has fought in a number of WWE occasions and is slated to compete in a match in opposition to Rose at SummerSlam on Aug. 23.

Deville additionally stars on the E! collection Total Divas and is the WWE’s first brazenly homosexual feminine wrestler.

Police say the suspect was ‘obsessed,’ wished to kidnap Deville

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office mentioned that deputies responded to Deville’s house on Aug. 16 and located a 24-year-old man recognized as Phillip A. Thomas contained in the residence.

The Tampa Bay Times reported that authorities mentioned Thomas traveled from South Carolina and arrived on the wrestling performer’s property round midnight. According to investigators, he lower a gap in a patio display screen and allegedly watched and listened to the 2 individuals inside via the home windows whereas ready for hours till they went to mattress. Police say he entered the home round 2:45 a.m. and tripped an alarm at which level the occupants fled and referred to as 911.

Police arrived and after they arrested Thomas discovered a knife, plastic zip ties, duct tape and mace.

Detectives mentioned that Thomas allegedly confessed that he had supposed to kidnap and take Deville hostage. A Twitter account believed to be the suspect’s, options quite a few posts about Deville and her actions in addition to a number of retweets from her account.

Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister launched an announcement that learn, “Our deputies are unveiling the suspect’s disturbing obsession with this homeowner who he had never met, but stalked on social media for years.”

Deville speaks out after the arrest was made

Following the information of Thomas’ arrest, Deville took to social media to guarantee followers that she was OK and thanked the responding officers.

Thomas famous that his final place of employment was an Applebee’s restaurant in South Carolina. He has been charged with aggravated stalking, armed housebreaking of a dwelling, tried armed kidnapping, and felony mischief.

“It’s frightening to think of all the ways this incident could have played out had the home alarm not gone off and alerted the homeowner of an intruder. Our deputies arrived within minutes and arrested this man who was clearly on a mission to inflict harm.” Chronister mentioned.

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