Sonya Deville has been through a lot during her time in WWE. From accidentally coming out of the closet on national television during Tough Enough, to her terrifying stalker situation, Sonya Deville’s fans have stuck by her this entire time. A new development in her life saw the former Fire & Desire member arrested on a firearms charge in New Jersey. Now we have an official police statement on the situation.
Ringside News exclusively reported that WWE creative was informed about Sonya Deville’s February 19th arrest right away. The public did not find out until the news broke on March 1st.
The Atlantic City Police Department has released a statement on the matter. They were very matter-of-fact about the situation, as they addressed Sonya Deville’s recent brush with the law.
As it turns out, a valet likely blew the whistle on Sonya Deville. It was noted in the report that this went down Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa after they received a report of a valet employee finding a handgun. Deville had a permit for the handgun, but it wasn’t valid in New Jersey. She has carried a handgun since her stalker situation.
Woman Arrested for Possession of a Handgun
For Immediate Release: March 1, 2023
On February 19, 2023, patrol units were called to the Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa for a report of a valet employee discovering a handgun in a vehicle that had been valet parked. Responding officers arrived to find the owner of the vehicle, Daria Berenato, on scene and cooperating with security. Berenato admitted to being the owner of the handgun and provided responding officers a permit to carry from out of state that is not valid in New Jersey. Berenato was taken into custody without incident and released on a summons pending a future court date.
ARRESTED: Daria Berenato, 29.
CHARGES: Unlawful possession of a weapon.
Berenato was issued a summons pending a future court date. The public is reminded that charges are mere allegations, and the accused is considered innocent until proven guilty.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the Atlantic City Police Department Criminal Investigations Section at 609-347-5766. Information can also be sent via text to tip411 (847411). Begin the text with ACPD. All texts are anonymous.
Sonya Deville is, of course, best known for her time in WWE, where she has been an active member of the roster since 2017. Deville is a trailblazer in the company, as she is one of the first openly gay female wrestlers in WWE history.
Deville made her debut on WWE’s reality show “Tough Enough” in 2015, where she finished in the top 13. She was later signed to WWE’s developmental brand NXT, where she honed her skills and developed her character. In 2017, she was called up to the main roster and has since become a prominent figure in the women’s division.
In addition to her wrestling career, Deville has also made strides in the LGBTQ+ community. She has spoken out about her experiences as a member of the community and has used her platform to raise awareness for LGBTQ+ issues. In 2020, Deville was featured in People magazine’s “Pride Issue” and was named one of the “25 Women Changing the World.” She has also been an ambassador for GLAAD and has worked with organizations such as The Trevor Project and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
We will continue monitoring this ongoing story in case there are further developments. Sonya Deville is not currently booked for WrestleMania 39, and this situation might not help matters for her. For what it’s worth, there is zero heat on her from WWE, because the company understands the entirety of the situation.
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