The family of a kidnapped woman in Duson, La., Bethany Arceneaux took justice into their own hands when they rescued Arceneaux from her captor, Scott Thomas, and killed Thomas in the ensuing brawl.
Arceneaux, 29, was abducted from the car park of a childcare center by Thomas, 29, her son’s father, The Advertiser reported. Her 2-year-old son was in her car at the time and was not injured.
The Arceneaux family received a tip that they were being held in an abandoned house nearby. With law enforcement yet to act, a half-dozen family members gathered inside and kicked in the door. They said they didn’t know what they would find.
They found Arceneaux, bloodied but alive, and Thomas. During the altercation between the von Arceneaux family and Thomas, shots were fired and Thomas was fatally shot.
Arceneaux, who had been stabbed several times by Thomas, also suffered further injuries. She was rushed to a nearby hospital and is reportedly in stable condition.
“She’s shaken up, she’s dismembered, but she’s fine,” said Ryan Arceneaux, the brother of Bethany Arceneaux, who was involved in the confrontation along with another brother, Kaylyn Alfred.
“We found her. We went and brought her to this house. We kicked in doors. It was like a movie unfolding.”
Arceneaux had issued a protective order against Thomas on June 17, according to USA Today. He was arrested on August 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 imagine how chaotic that confrontation was,” police spokesman Captain Kip Judice told KATC. “The person who defended Ms Arceneaux is a relative, a close relative of hers. So I imagine his emotions were probably high and everyone’s level was very high.”
Judice said that although events indicate that family members acted to protect Arceneaux, police are still investigating the incident. It is not clear if charges will be filed against the Arceneaux family.
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