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 10th, 2013
2:01 pm

They better not face criminal charges, it would be a travesty of justice!.

George Taylor

November 10th, 2013
2:13 pm

Welcome to the South, where Honor still exists.


November 10th, 2013
2:13 pm


November 10th, 2013
2:14 pm

If obama has a son he would look like the perp.

George Taylor

November 10th, 2013
2:19 pm

This family will not be prosecuted, all the people that would prosecute them are elected officials and they value their office…..LOL…


November 10th, 2013
3:32 pm

“We did not wait for authorities. We did it our own self,…”

I like that. We’d be a much stronger nation if more people had the courage to take care of business, instead of relying on the (mostly useless) cops.


November 10th, 2013
3:46 pm

It’s great to see that black family members cared enough about one of their loved ones to take action. This guy deserved to die he got just what he needed. I hope the cops don’t press charges on these people. The cops do the best job they can do and we don’t need people riding in cars looking for other people they think did something worth killing them for. There are a lot of black guys out here that are beating and killing black women and children. I have four daughters and I have been put in this situation. As a man you have the right to protect your family. One more thing black women you have to make better choices of the black men you date and marry.

Mick Dee

November 10th, 2013
3:49 pm

So George Mathis is doing the national crime beat now?


November 10th, 2013
4:37 pm

Our government has shown indifference towards the real victims while providing predators excuses and sustenance. When my house was robbed and the burgaler arrested, he was back on the streets that night. By the time he went to court he had been arrested twice more. One of those was for carving his wife’s face with a knife. His father was powerless to control him and lived in fear for his own life at the hands of his son. It wasn’t drugs or alcohol. It was pure meanness.

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November 10th, 2013
9:37 pm

Thank God for her loving family. They did what they had to do. He can’t ever hurt another person again. May God give the victim the stength to endure..


November 10th, 2013
9:52 pm

Meanwhile, yet another family pet is dead at the hands of the out-of-control police. I’m sure tomorrow will bring news of another human casualty.

Truly sad that these family members even have to worry about how their actions will be viewed by “the authorities.”

Nothing will change unless we recognize that this much power and authority DOES NOT belong in the hands of people who can put themselves above the law.

Don't Tread

November 10th, 2013
11:00 pm

Yep…those restraining orders work sooooo well…not.

And if I have to shoot some POS in self-defense, there will be no “apologies” from me either.


November 11th, 2013
7:28 am

Good job family you just save the US thousands of dollars and got rid of a crazy person.


November 11th, 2013
8:26 am

Good for both families.


November 11th, 2013
4:02 pm

I am an idiot. That is all.


November 14th, 2013
6:55 pm

It never ceases to amaze me how a bunch of White Trash losers sit in their trailers and find ways to finds a way to inject racism into every discuss. It just goes to show how unable you are to debate issues based on their merit.Let me say one more thing. If you remove all of the minorities from this country do you think that white racist trash like you would be invited to the table where decisions are made?. Nope, because they laugh at you now and will continue to do so. Before I close, I would like to thank the Whites in this country who are willing to stand up for what is right. Without you there would be no civil rights. You represent what’s good in this country and counteract the trash that gets the media attention. Thank you and maybe we can join hands and watch the trash burn and be interred in the nearest landfill.