More details have emerged on the incident at Sonya Deville’s home early Sunday morning.
Fellow WWE Superstar Mandy Rose was in the home with Deville, according to The Tampa Bay Times. When Deville came face-to-face with her attempted kidnapper, she shouted, “What are you doing, what do you want?”
Deville woke Rose up shortly after 2:41 AM ET when her security system was activated. Phillip Thomas, the suspect, thought Deville was still upstairs and told police he planned to hold her hostage until she “answered all of his questions.
Per the prosecution: “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. 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.”
Police gave Deville the suspect’s name and she looked him up on Instagram. He had sent her numerous “obsessive” messages.
“The nature of the messages from this account were obsessive, suicidal, idolizing, saying, ‘You are the only person I will ever love,” Deville said.
At 12:16 AM ET on Sunday, the suspect sent a message that read, “Look outside, baby, by your pool. I’m here. I’m gonna kill that little b—- you have inside with you.”
The suspect had previously sent messages telling Deville he knew her address, made threats against her family, described sex acts and sent her a photo of his penis. Deville was granted a temporary injunction against him.
As reported here at WrestlingNews.com, Thomas was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with aggravated stalking, armed burglary of a dwelling, attempted armed kidnapping and criminal mischief.