Sonya Deville had a scary incident back in 2020. In August of that year, a man broke into her home. Philip Thomas II intended to take the WWE superstar hostage after years of stalking her on the internet.
Thomas was arrested and charged with aggravated stalking, armed burglar, attempted armed kidnapping, and criminal mischief. A protective order to keep him away from Sonya was also filed. Deville was understandably traumatized.
Judge Barbara Twine ruled in 2021 that Thomas was unfit to stand trial. The stalker was then sent to a mental health facility on June 22, 2021. It is not known if Thomas is still in that facility, but Wrestling Inc. has reported that the case is now listed as closed in related legal documents.
Sonya Deville took several months off after the attempted kidnapping. She has since returned to WWE, first as an on-screen authority figure, and now as an active wrestler. With the case closed, hopefully, Deville is able to avoid any contact with Thomas in the future.
Deville said that you can never understand how it feels to be in such a situation until it happens. Sonya had a hard time getting back to normal life without a constant sense of fear. Fortunately, intervention from law enforcement and mental health services has kept her safe.
Despite the terrible incident, Sonya has been thriving in WWE. She recently challenged Bianca Belair for the Raw Women’s Championship. Time will tell what comes next in Deville’s career, but hopefully, this terrible stalking incident is in the past. You can watch Sonya’s recollection of the events in her interview with Pat McAfee below.
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