The Family Of a Kidnapped Woman Took Things Into Their Own Hands And What Happened Will…


A woman who was abducted in Louisiana is now recovering from her ordeal after family members and others found her in an abandoned house. Her alleged captor was shot and killed in the confrontation that followed.

29-year-old Bethany Arceneaux was allegedly kidnapped Wednesday by her child’s father, Scott Thomas, in a dramatic scene outside a daycare center, according to police in Duson, La. Her two-year-old son was left in the car she’d been driving. Arceneaux wasn’t seen for nearly three days; eventually, her family got a tip that she might be at an abandoned house in a field.

About a half-dozen of Arceneaux’s relatives, including her brothers, used four-wheel all-terrain vehicles to get to the area. As they approached the house, they heard her calling out for help, family members told The Daily Advertiser of Lafayette Parish. That’s when they forced their way into the house and found Thomas and Arceneaux.

Her uncle, Marcus, said, “We can finally go to sleep at night. We felt we did what we had to do. It was a situation where her life was at hand. The guy was out to kill her and we weren’t going to wait for it to happen.”

Marcus was even photographed carrying his niece, covered in blood, to safety after the family rescued her.

They found Arceneaux, bloody but alive, and Thomas. In the confrontation between Arceneaux’s family and Thomas, guns were fired and Thomas was fatally shot.

Police say that as Thomas attacked Arcenaux with a knife, one of her relatives shot and wounded him. They were then able to leave the house with Arceneaux.

Arceneaux, who had been stabbed multiple times by Thomas, also sustained further injuries. She was driven to a nearby hospital and is reportedly in stable condition.

“She’s shook up, she’s sliced up, but she’s alright,” said Ryan Arceneaux, Bethany Arceneaux’s brother, who was involved in the confrontation along with another brother, Kaylyn Alfred. “We found her. We went and got her in that house. We kicked doors down. It was like a movie unfolding.”

Arceneaux had a protective order issued against Thomas on June 17. He was arrested on Aug. 8 for violating the order and charged with aggravated assault and aggravated flight from an officer.

“He keeps threatening to kill us,” Arceneaux wrote in her complaint to the police. “He put a knife to my neck countless times.”

“I can just imagine how chaotic that confrontation was,” police spokesperson Capt. Kip Judice told KATC. “The person who acted in defense of Ms. Arceneaux is a relative, a close relative to her. So I can imagine his emotions were probably high, and everyone’s levels were very escalated.”

Judice said that while events indicate that the family members acted to protect Arceneaux, police are still investigating the incident. It is not clear whether any of the Arceneaux family will face charges.

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Sources: AWM, The Daily Advertiser, KATC