WWE star Sonya Deville safe after attempted kidnapping – cleveland.com
CLEVELAND, Ohio – This weekend proved to be a very scary one for WWE superstar Sonya Deville.
According to the Hillsborough County, Florida Sheriff’s Office, a South Carolina man who had been stalking Deville (real name Daria Berenato) online for years was arrested Sunday for attempting to kidnap the WWE star.
Phillip A. Thomas II allegedly spent several months attempting to abduct Deville. On Sunday, he cut a hole in the patio screen at Deville’s home and waited several hours watching the house before trying to enter the home at 3 a.m.
An alarm went off, alerting Deville who spotted Thomas and called 911. Thomas was arrested with a knife, zip ties, duct tape and mace on him. He confirmed to the police that he was planning to take Deville hostage.
A Twitter account featuring Thomas’ name shows numerous posts about Deville and her activities in recent months, as well as concerns over his mental health. Thomas has been charged with aggravated stalking, armed burglary of a dwelling, and criminal mischief and attempted armed kidnapping, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Deville took to social media Sunday night to thank the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and tell fans she is safe.