Family members rescue abducted woman, kill captor

Scott Thomas, right, abducted Bethany Arceneaux Wednesday. He was killed by her family members Friday, police said. (Image taker from

Scott Thomas, left, abducted Bethany Arceneaux, right, Wednesday. He was killed by her family members Friday, police said. (Image taker from

The family of an abducted Louisiana woman rescued her and killed her abductor Friday, according to news reports.

Bethany Arceneaux, 29, was kidnapped Wednesday by Scott Thomas, 29, as she picked their child up from daycare, police said.

Police and family members in Lafayette Parish began searching for her immediately.

Her family found her first.

Video on The Advertiser website shows a group of armed men on ATVs surrounding the abandoned house and Arceneaux crying after being rescued.

Police said the family was searching the area and heard a woman scream. About a half-dozen men kicked in the door of the house and confronted Scott, who began stabbing Arceneaux, police said.

What happened next is not clear, police said, but gunfire erupted and police that arrived at the scene found Scott dead from injuries sustained during the confrontation.

Police said it appeared family members were acting in defense of Arceneaux so they may not face criminal charges.

The woman’s brother didn’t apologize for his family’s actions.

“We did what we had to do. We did not wait for authorities. We did it our own self,” said Harold Carter, Arceneaux’s older brother.

Police say Arceneaux filed a complaint against Thomas June 15, alleging he locked her in a house and threatened to kill both her and the child.

“Since then, Scott has been riding around my mom’s house and my work looking for me. I am afraid for me and my son’s life,” Arceneaux wrote in the complaint.

A protective order was issued June 17. Thomas was arrested Aug. 8 for violating that order and was charged with aggravated assault and aggravated flight from an officer, according to The Advertiser.

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November 9th, 2013
5:19 pm

Good for them! If they had waited for the authorities she would probably be dead now as this guy was not going to give her up alive. Her family members indeed did what they had to do and my hat is off to them for taking care of business the only way it could have been taken care of. This guy put himself in that position to get killed for his actions and there is no one to blame for what happened to him except him.


November 9th, 2013
5:35 pm

Congrats! One worthless POS off the face of the earth!


November 9th, 2013
5:40 pm

BRAVO!……This Pookie will not Kidnap and Assault another American Woman EVER AGAIN!

POOKIE’S Dirt Nap has already started, THANKS to concerned and active Family members.

There will be ZERO (0) costs of Trial and Incarceration for this miscreant, for millions of Louisiana taxpayers.


November 9th, 2013
6:09 pm

May he rot in hell, good job family!

Whirled Peas

November 9th, 2013
6:15 pm

“The woman’s brother didn’t apologize for his family’s actions.”

What a screwed up paper the AJC has become that it would even suggest that an apology would be appropriate. We have an obligation to protect ourselves and our loved ones. We only hire law enforcement to help us with this task. We do not abandon our responsibilities. Kevin Riley, you have a big job ahead. Your paper is stuffed with big government leftists. Until you unload some of them, you will not succeed.


November 9th, 2013
6:26 pm

Hey Whirled:

You know you’re morally bankrupt when you can use a story like this to attempt to spread your noxious political views.

Go away.


November 9th, 2013
6:26 pm

Whirled Peas @ 6:15 pm – Genius….Newspapers Report…..this is their JOB!

I now understand why the High School Graduation rates are only at 59%! Just look at the idiocy of the Adults…like this one.

Lord Help US!!


November 9th, 2013
6:44 pm

Whirled Peas, idiots like you will take any occasion to make totally stupid and irrelevant right wing political statement, pendejo!


November 9th, 2013
6:45 pm

All should go out and buy another gun.We need more guns and less law…..


November 9th, 2013
6:55 pm

Justice served. ‘Nuff said.


November 9th, 2013
7:08 pm

Fantastic, way to just go save your sister. Be ready for Obama’s DOJ to come after you though. I am sure any day Obama is going to get in the way some how and say something as stupid as ” I he had a son it would look just like Scott Thomas”.


November 9th, 2013
7:21 pm

Just us server!!


November 9th, 2013
7:24 pm

No worries about Obama’s gang prosecuting this family. They only go after non-whites.


November 9th, 2013
7:39 pm

mikeo76 stick your pendejo up your butt and go back to mexico beaner.


November 9th, 2013
7:44 pm

Double… are an idiot. Not all of the family members had a gun, only the smart one. The person who pulled the trigger should get a $5000.00 reward. Look how much money was saved the tax payers by not having to waste time trying this retarded idiot…..then he goes to jail and we feed him and take care of him for years to come. Double….you are not part of the problem….you ARE the problem.


November 9th, 2013
8:00 pm

Veloc @ 7:24 pm – The Obama Administration pursues Only the ones who shoot and kill unarmed children unprovoked! By ADULTS!

Like George ZIMMERMAN who will soon take care of his own WIFE too, with the same GUN!


November 9th, 2013
8:07 pm

To the sympathetic apologists for the kidnapper…The kidnapper was STABBING the victim. The family member saved her life!! I suppose you would rather wait until the cops came as she bleeds to death, right?? Better to have a living kidnapper/murderer than to save the victim’s life, eh??? Oye, braindead people are everywhere nowadays.

Mr Bobo

November 9th, 2013
8:14 pm

Hilarious and Bernie31….You offended me and you owe me an apology for your viewpoints. I have the right not to be offended by your ignorant leftist liberal viewpoints.

Mr Bobo

November 9th, 2013
8:16 pm

Are you kidding me? Another ‘Trayvon was innocent’ dittohead? Weak……

Trisha Doherty

November 9th, 2013
8:20 pm

This perp was MARTINized…trayvon Martinized, that is..haha


November 9th, 2013
8:37 pm

I think those that applaud this families actions are spot-on. Sitting around waiting for help would have resulted in the death of this woman. Her family did what they had to do and this rag of a newspaper injected their politics into the reporting. The spineless sheep of the left would be sitting around wondering why the police didn’t do their job while completely ignoring their own culpability in allowing it to happen. Come after me or mine and you will get my entire arsenal in response. Go after my loved ones and I will dispatch you with no judge or jury, just the weeping of your woman. Touch me or mine and feel that wrath. I think this is hilarious and I’m enjoying it. Stupid people wait for the government to do what they could do themselves. God help your loved ones if you are so cowardly you would wait as your wife or daughter is being stabbed. May God have mercy on your souls. Darwin won’t have any mercy.


November 9th, 2013
9:02 pm

@Bernie31 I am usually a fan. Disappointed in your use of “Pookie”.

REV Wright

November 9th, 2013
9:36 pm

Any chance we could find out who Scott Thomas supported in the 2012 Presidential election?

Just “axin”………………

REV Wright

November 9th, 2013
9:37 pm

Trayvon II? Yup…………..Another dead Obama voter!


November 9th, 2013
9:39 pm

Enter your comments here

Truth Hurts

November 9th, 2013
9:46 pm

Wow! The ignorance, racism and hate displayed by some is just dumbfounding. This story has nothing to do with President Obama nor Trayvon Martin, so why interject either in your comments if not for your hate and/or jealousy of Black men? Congratulate the family of Ms. Arceneaux for a job well done and move on. What miserable lives you people must lead. All we in civilized society can do for you is pray. May God help you.


November 9th, 2013
10:01 pm

niecey678 @ 9:02 pm – I am sorry to disappoint You…But you know as well as I do POOKIE has no Conscious! Pookie only thinks of himself and no one else. I have no need to explain that one to YOU!

If You were in the same position as this Young Lady…You would want POOKIE, not MOVING TOO! :)

This was a typical Act of Pookie when cornered. Pookie did not want to face the consequences of his actions…Like going to Jail forever….in Louisiana!

A Fate that is worse than Hell itself…..Louisiana Jails are Scorching HOT during the DAY and Freezing at Night.

godless heathen

November 9th, 2013
10:09 pm

We can only wonder what attracted the lovely and gracious Ms. Arceneaux to Mr. Thomas in the first place.


November 9th, 2013
11:13 pm

FTA: “The woman’s brother didn’t apologize for his family’s actions. We did what we had to do. We did not wait for authorities. We did it our own self,” said Harold Carter, Arceneaux’s older brother.”

Good for them – they did exactly what they had a right to do. Bravo!


November 9th, 2013
11:20 pm

Good for them. He was a worthless POS. Saved the taxpayers a trail. Hope he rots in hell.

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November 9th, 2013
11:55 pm

In local news 2 black genius Riverdale teens arrested for murdering a man for his I-phone he was trying to sell them.

Who Cares?

November 10th, 2013
1:16 am

Awesome! Just like it ought to end!


November 10th, 2013
4:56 am

I feel sorry for the deceased………………………………………NOT!

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November 10th, 2013
7:37 am

Thank you Bernie31 for displaying your ignorance for all to see. It serves as a reminder for everyone else what a sad pathetic world it must be for idiots like yourself.


November 10th, 2013
8:27 am

I have always thought that if something like this happened to a member of my family, I would do the same thing. You hear about the kidnapper gets out of jail and then fatally attacks the victim … GOOD FOR THE FAMILY!


November 10th, 2013
9:52 am

Hey Bernie31, or DAD, as I loathe to call you since you left me before I could make my second poo poo. Now look at me DAD. Just an ignorant, violent, self-centered mess. You, Bernie31 – DAD – DEADBEAT – ACCESSORY TO MURDERS – have led me, and my 8 illegitimate half-kinfolk, down a steep descent into cultural he!!.


Road Scholar

November 10th, 2013
9:56 am

Truth hurts: Spot on!

But do you notice that NO ONE is concerned about the health status of the woman? It wasn’t in the article…poor reporting…yes…compassionate conservatism….yeah, right!


November 10th, 2013
10:54 am

Good for them but I wouldn’t be surprised if some Prosecutor will come after them for their vigilante justice


November 10th, 2013
10:56 am

Good job family!


November 10th, 2013
11:04 am

Pookie @9:52 am – Just another God Fearing No Jesus following or principle pretending to be Christian Republican of America….One of many, who praises the Serpent Of Old.


November 10th, 2013
11:08 am

TReamon @7:37 am – Oh Child of the Wicked one…You are so much like the one who sent You..The Roaring Lion. Like The Thief You are, you always come to bring your most cherished Value….HATE!

E. Coli

November 10th, 2013
11:15 am

If it had happened in “Jawjuh” all the family members would be locked up and awaiting trial for murder, BUT . . . thank God it happened in “LOO-zee-anner” where the local sheriff will likely roast a pig and throw a party for the family. Laissez les bon temps roule!


November 10th, 2013
12:24 pm

The police are there to protect the government and enforce the laws the government has seen fit to impose on the rest of us. They have NO specific duty to protect individuals whatsoever (numerous Supreme Court cases support this position). Every week at least we read stories of police beatings, shooting, killings etc. of innocent people (many of them physically and mentally challenged). In every case, regardless of the blatant abuse of power, internal investigations by other police or by the state district attorney’s office declare that the beatings, killings, etc. were “justified” and absolutely nothing is done to these violent criminals with badges.

As the state apparatus collapses around us and more revelations of abuse are exposed daily, it is high time for the victimized citizens of this country to explore the bigger question of what we really wish government to do for us and why we have put so much faith and power in the hands of people who not only create abusive and destructive laws, but put themselves above the laws that victimize the rest of us.

Private protection services, paid for through a variety of mechanisms and operating in a completely free market could provide REAL protection for our communities and would, unlike government controlled police, actually have to answer to their customers and treat them with dignity and respect.

Government controlled police are there to show up after the crime has already been committed to fill out paperwork and file it away. While there are certainly some conscientious folks, they would have a real role even in a private alternative and the rotten apples would thankfully find themselves out on the street on behind bars where they belong. This will never happen if we continue to let the current government police state continue to grow and oppress us.


November 10th, 2013
1:04 pm

Wish I had me some family like that…

But mine would stand around, wringing their hands, waiting for the authorities to find me dead, because it would just be too politically incorrect to take direct action.

Thank GOD for the family!

November 10th, 2013
1:24 pm

I would be glad that my family had enough sense to find me before that fool killed me, and that they handled it so he could never do it again. One less mental case, one less dead woman at the hands of someone who “loved” her.


November 10th, 2013
1:49 pm

Restraining orders are a joke and only provoke the demons in people. Arm yourself!


November 10th, 2013
1:57 pm

Police did what they do best.
Clean up the mess.
Good on the Arceneaux family.