A Duson, Louisiana family made a daring rescue Friday (November 8) and it was all caught on tape
29-year old Bethany Arceneaux was kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend, Scott Thomas, outside of a daycare center on Wednesday (November 6). Their 2-year old son was left behind in Bethany’s car as Thomas drove away.
Police searched for Thomas, but it was Bethany’s family who received a tip leading them to an abandoned house where she.was being held.
On Friday a half dozen family members stormed the house. They found Bethany, who had been stabbed multiple times by Thomas. An ensuing fight with Thomas left him shot. He later died from his injuries.
Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office Special Reaction Team were also on the scene at the time of Bethany’s rescue. They had surrounded the home. It just so happens that the family got to her first.
“While we were looking on one side, they were looking in another and they came upon her. It just so happens where they were looking was where she was found,” Cpl. Paul Mouton, a spokesman for the Lafayette Police Department said. “If we weren’t looking at all and they were searching, that would be different,”
Bethany was taken to Lafayette General Medical Center to receive treatment. She’s expected to be released sometime today.
“She’s shook up, she’s sliced up, but she’s alright,” said her brother, Ryan Arceneaux, “We found her. We went and got her in that house. We kicked doors down. It was like a movie unfolding. “If we would have waited, she would have been dead.”
The sherriff’s office issued a statement today saying the family member who shot Thomas will not be charged, but a report of the incident will be sent to the district attorney’s office.
Bethany had been physically abused by Thomas for years. Her family hopes that women in similar situations learn not to go back to their abuser.