Man arrested for attempting to kidnap WWE Star Sonya Deville. The attempted abduction was reportedly planned months in advance.
Phillip A. Thomas II, 24 from South Carolina has been arrested for attempting to kidnap WWE Star Sonya Deville (real name, Daria Berenato). Thomas had never met Deville but stalked her for years on social media according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
Thomas had begun planning the abduction eight months ago, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
He waited on the property for three to four hours. Thomas cut a hole in the patio screen to listen and watch until the homeowner went to bed. He then entered the home through a sliding glass door, which activated an alarm.
Deville looked out a window and spotted Thomas on the property. She then fled with a guest in a car and called 911.
Thomas was still on the property when the police arrived.
He was carrying a knife, plastic zip ties, duct tape, mace and other items and told deputies he was planning to take the homeowner hostage.
Thomas has been charged with aggravated stalking, armed burglary of a dwelling, attempted armed kidnapping, and criminal mischief.
He is being held without bail.
“Our deputies are unveiling the suspect’s disturbing obsession with this homeowner who he had never met, but stalked on social media for years,” Sheriff Chad Chronister said in the news release. “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.”
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