WWE wrestler Sonya Deville was reportedly arrested in New Jersey last month for unlawfully possessing a firearm.
The arrest happened in Atlantic City on Feb. 19, as first reported by TMZ, after a valet discovered a firearm in the glove box of Deville’s car and called the police. Though the gun is registered in Florida, Deville reportedly doesn’t have a permit in New Jersey.
The 29-year-old Deville, whose real name is Daria Berenato, is facing one charge of unlawful weapon possession for carrying a handgun without a permit. A court hearing is scheduled for later this month.
Fightful reports that Deville is in the process of getting the case thrown out.
Deville reportedly purchased the gun for protection after a frightening incident in 2020 where an obsessed fan broke into her Florida home and attempted to kidnap her, according to Fightful. A security alarm alerted Deville to the man breaking in and she was able to escape without being harmed. The man was charged with aggravated stalking, armed burglary of a dwelling, attempted armed kidnapping, and criminal mischief but was found incompetent to stand trial following medical evaluations.
WWE sources told Fightful that there’s “no heat” on Deville over her arrest because they understand why she would want to protect herself after the home invasion. Deville has been with WWE since appearing as a contestant on the company’s reality show Tough Enough in 2015.
Deville, who got engaged to her girlfriend Toni Cassano in New Jersey on Feb. 15, has wrestled at multiple WWE live events since her arrest.
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