Sonya Deville, real name Daria Berenato, is thankfully safe after a man who stalked her leading to a kidnapping attempt as he entered the WWE Superstar’s home. This was first reported just a few days ago after the news broke originally only later to be discovered that it was the home of Berenato in Lutz, Fla.
Further details of the event have emerged after speaking with Deville. The guest in question that was with her is fellow WWE Superstar Mandy Rose (real name, Amanda Saccomanno). It appears that the man who is currently in custody, Phillip A. Thomas II, may have also been there to harm Saccomanno as well.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Berenato says she actually came face to face with the man.
“What are doing, what do you want?” she yelled as he appeared just feet away as he started to walk towards her.
“That is when I realized this person was not here to rob me, he was there to hurt me,” Berenato wrote in a court petition seeking protection from the 24-year old male on her lanai. According to the records, he was holding a knife and pepper spray.
Berenato says she went to bed around 1:15 am, and Saccomanno slept in a separate room. The security alarm went off around 2:41 am and showed a family room door had been opened when she went to go and disarm the alarm at the keypad by the garage. After this is when she saw Thomas on the lanai and the aforementioned events took place. She then would run and get Saccomanno alerting her that they had to get out of there.
Once they fled and called the authorities, Berenato watched a video from her security system. She saw that Thomas had followed her, “but he thought I ran up the stairs, leaving me and my friend just enough time to escape.”
After Berenato realized who the man was from the police investigation she checked his social media accounts. He had a private account separate from his public page. She recalls messages that she found that he had sent her. The last message that was received said, “Look outside, baby, by your pool. I’m here. I’m gonna kill that little b—- you have inside with you.”
“The nature of the messages from this account were obsessive, suicidal, idolizing, saying, ‘You are the only person I will ever love,’ ” Berenato wrote.
Other messages included the threat of decapitating Berenato’s friends/family and had detailed sexual acts including a photo of a penis.
“The defendant admitted that his intention was to take Mrs. Berenato hostage by spraying her (with) pepper spray, binding her hands with the zip ties, and wrapping duct tape around her arms to prevent from fighting back,” the prosecution motion says. “He stated that he intended to keep Mrs. Bernato hostage, preventing her from attending a planned event schedule for the following week and that he was not going to leave her residence without her answering all of his questions.”
The event mentioned is most likely the upcoming Hair vs. Hair match between both Deville and Rose at SummerSlam on Aug. 23 in Orlando, Fla.
Thomas remains in custody on felony charges of armed kidnapping, aggravated stalking, armed burglary of a dwelling, and a misdemeanor of criminal mischief. A hearing on the prosecution motion to prevent bail for Thomas on Thursday.
Berenato’s submitted a handwritten request for a temporary injunction against stalking violence and it was granted.
She did post on Twitter after this horrific event stating that she is safe and thanked everyone for their love and concern and the quick response from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.