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Bethany ArceneauxLafayette, LA - A woman kidnapped by her violent ex-boyfriend was rescued by family members after they shot and killed her captor.

Last Wednesday, Bethany Arceneaux, 29, was abducted by her estranged boyfriend, Scott Thomas, who is also the father of their 2 year old son.  The kidnapping took place in a daycare parking lot as she was picking up their son.  A witness observed Bethany screaming, honking the horn and trying to fight off Thomas and begging someone to take the boy.  The witness, Derrimetrie Robinson, was able to take the child as Thomas shoved Bethany into his car and sped away.

That evening, police found Thomas’ white Buick near a field with one of Bethany’s shoes in it, but, other than that, there were no new leads and no sign of Bethany, until Friday. That’s when police and family were searching for her in the fields near where Thomas’ Buick was left, and residents gave the family members a tip about an abandoned house in a field nearby.  A neighbor and several of Bethany’s family members searched for the house on ATVs.

As they neared the house, which was barely visible since it was surrounded by sugar cane fields up to 8 feet tall, they could hear Bethany’s screams for help.  Rushing toward the house, they kicked down the door and witnessed Thomas stabbing Bethany.  At that point, a relative shot Thomas three times, killing him and saving Bethany’s life.  Police were also searching and were nearby when the shooting occurred.  The family was able to grab Bethany and flee the house.  SWAT members later entered the house to find Thomas dead.

Bethany is expected to make a full recovery, having been discharged from the hospital on Saturday.  She said she had no food or water for nearly three days.  The harrowing picture of her uncle carrying her to a car right after her rescue is quite telling.  You can see how pale she is, she looks so scared,  and she is holding clothing on her neck, making it appear as though she was stabbed in the neck, or perhaps Thomas attempted to slit her throat.  He was going to kill her.  The photo was taken by a photographer who was with the family on the search.

Not surprising, Thomas has a history of violence towards Bethany.  She had filed a restraining order against Thomas last June, saying that he had locked her in a house and threatened to kill both her and her son.

“He grabbed our son from me and shoved him into the car then got on his knees in front of the cops and said, ‘I swear to God, on all my children, I will kill you’ . . . . 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 . . . He keeps threatening to kill us.  He put a knife to my neck countless times.”  There are also allegations that he had previously choked her, dragged her by her hair and held her and her son hostage.  He was arrested in August for violating the order and also charged with aggravated assault and aggravated flight from an officer.

This story is about as good as it gets here at DD.  Not only was her family extremely, um, “proactive” in finding her and saving her life, the woman who was able to save the 2 year old was a complete stranger.  I know a lot of us would like to think we would do the same in that situation, and maybe we would, but, one way or another, it took some guts for that woman to step in the middle of a very violent attack and save that child.  It’s not at all unusual for guys like this to kill the kid, too.

Some news outlets are saying the family took justice into their own hands, but I don’t see it that way.  They weren’t out for vengeance.  They were just looking for their missing loved one.  They found her, in the very act of being stabbed and they saved her.  As Bethany’s brother, Ryan, put it, “If we would have waited, she would have been dead.” Therefore, no charges have been filed against the family, and rightfully so.

Also called into question was why the family found her and not the police.  However, it was not for lack of trying on the police department’s part.  Police and family were all searching for her, even in the same area at the same time and the family came across her first.  Cpl. Paul Moulton of the Lafayette PD states, “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.  If we weren’t looking at all and they were searching, that would be different.”  This sentiment is echoed in a short interview with Bethany’s uncle, who thanked the police department.

Lady saved, kid saved, bad guy dead.  That’s as heartwarming a story as you get from us.

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  • GGMon

    I’m glad there’s a happy ending to this.

  • Zazen

    Do not fuck with Cajuns; I think that’s the moral of the story here.

  • Buffettgirl

    I loves me some family that won’t quit! I’m SO glad mother and child are going to be OK, and really, pretty happy that Mr Thomas is no longer wasting precious oxygen! All is well that ends well… ;-)

  • Malodorous

    I hope his death wasn’t instant.

  • Malodorous

    And anyone calling the family “vigilantes” probably ought to be spayed or neutered. For society’s sake.

  • Laura_RT

    Can’t help but love a story that ends with the good guys ok (or at least mostly) and the bad guy dead.

  • Malodorous

    And here I thought it was “restraining orders are fucking useless.”

  • Zazen

    Well that too, but mostly what I said =D

  • salepo

    That picture of her uncle carrying her was bone chilling.What an amazing family that has her back. And its about time a stranger didn’t just stand by doing nothing. Now this is what I call a heartwarming holiday story.

  • Elizabeth McCarthy

    The only thing better than this outcome would have been bad guy shot and incapacitated. Found with penis and nutsack in own mouth. Subsequently dies from excruciating pain (and blood loss)

  • wolfcat

    They really are. There’s no point to a restraining order if someone plans on killing you. XD I’ve seen them used much more often as a form of judicial harassment.

  • SuzanneBa

    A kick ass family.

  • Benighted

    Good that there will be no charges too.

  • VenusDoom3

    Best story ever.

  • Lena60

    Glad she was found in one piece, the baby is safe and the psycho asshat is dead. She no longer has to fear him nor look over her shoulder. Go family.

  • Vesper B

    Why the frak are some news agencies saying the family took justice into their own hands? Unless the family has the kidnapper in their basement and is giving him doses of TLC with rusty pliers and hammers multiple times a day, I don’t call this taking justice into their own hands. The family did what had to be done. It seems the news agencies are wanting a longer story for ratings.

    I’m beyond thrilled the lady’s been saved. Good for her, her kid and her family

  • EveryVillainIsLemons

    The article PaganOne linked did say that he died later that day, so it seems that he got repaid a tiny measure of what he did to the mother of his child. I do hope that the ambulance ride was a slow, bumpy one.

  • BrittBrittRoss

    This is just heartwarming!

  • Taster’sChoice

    Yup – It’s easy to walk right through a restraining order. Kind of makes me wonder why they are so difficult to get in the first place since they don’t do much.

  • http://www.truecrimereport.com CallMeMister

    That’s the best part of this story – she’s going to make a full recovery and can now raise her son and live her life without EVER having to worry about her psycho ex ever again.

  • JohnQknowitall

    I agree the stranger is not just a good samaritian, but a very very brave samaritan. I can almost see the mother screaming Take my baby!!! Take my baby in knowing Prince Charming’s past.

    How in the fuck does someone have a child not know that a man is violent and not practice birth control? No one deserves this kind of attack, but wtf?

  • annaflixion

    I think this is my favorite story ever hosted here. Gotta give props to that family.

  • BrittBrittRoss

    Fair enough…Downvote. Hindsight is always 20/20…if if was a fifth, we’d all be drunk…the wolf often doesn’t take off the sheep costume until we are heavily invested…

  • JohnQknowitall

    Here is a good test to find out if your Prince Charming is psycho: cause him to be a little late to something you are drive together to attend, hit traffic and wait -OR- go on a day trip with him and make some wrong turns in spite of the GPS instruction.
    As far as the birth control thing goes… c’mon. If you are into heavy drinking and one night stands…

  • BrittBrittRoss

    I respect it.

  • wolfcat

    In my state they are too easy to get. You can walk in and tell any story about someone making you feel threatened and you’ll get one. They make it so that you cannot go within 15 miles of a person’s home, work, or school in our town that’s all of 30 miles wide! So, if they work on one side of town and live on the other you’ve got nothing.

    My ex in high school knocked me up. He hates kids and is abusive. He flipped out and I old him I was going to get a restraining order. He wrote me a note saying he’d considered the same and begged me not to. I told him okay and 3 days later he had one against me! I had to wait months to go to a hearing in front of a judge at which point she was a total sh*t. In the long interim, I was very restricted at school and had the cops randomly show up at my house accusing me of calling him! The judge yelled at me and didn’t care a lick what I said even though there was no proof whatsoever since I didn’t call. I spent all of my graduation money posting bail.

    My bondsman was a sweetheart. He explained to me why lady justice wears a blindfold and gave me a very inspirational talking to that saved my butt when I did make it to court. If it weren’t for him, I would have shown up without the letters. I’d had a second one where he said his grandma wanted one not him. He almost broke my hand trying to get the letters from me at school. The judge was yelling at me so hard that I barely got a word in to tell her that I had evidence! She read the letters out loud and he had the good sense to admit that he did write them. At that point she started yelling at him about misusing the court system. She said she could get rid of both of them or give us both one. I voted for both and his grandma agreed. Grandma came grovelling when the DNA test came back. This crap ruined the second half of my senior year for nothing. I couldn’t even afford a down payment on an apartment after spending all of my savings on bail for something I never did. It was harassment pure and simple.

    Yet, I watch movies based on women in real danger who get beaten to death or very close because they don’t do anything for those women! What is the point of those pieces of paper?

    On another note, my teachers didn’t notice this creep, but they flipped out about the ex I left for this guy because the other ex pummeled my locker to a pulp after we broke up. lol. I’ve never seen a locker so twisted and shredded. Especially not with someone’s fist! I didn’t even know about it until my teachers pulled me aside to ask if I was in danger. I wasn’t even using my locker, I had been locker roommating with a best friend. That ex was actually much sweeter and not even remotely abusive. Just pain loving and aggressive. My locker deserved it. XD

  • Taster’sChoice

    I am sorry to hear that happened to you! But I COMPLETELY understand how you were manipulated. I will share my story… I was in college and used to be into motorcycles. I became friends with a group of guys and we all rode bikes together. Two of the guys were best friends from high school or something but one of the guys apparently became jealous of the fact that we had become close. Well… He decided he wanted to beat me up (I guess) so after I got pretty drunk at a party he began making accusations that I was talking shit to his girlfriend which was a lie used to substantiate his provoking me. He started punching me and I ended up smashing a beer bottle over his head. I made the mistake of saying I should press charges. He was studying to be a cop and new the GOLDEN RULE: WHOEVER TELLS FIRST WINS. ALWAYS CALL THE COPS IF YOU THINK THE OTHER PERSON MIGHT. BELIEVE THIS. Anyway, I went to press charges and the magistrate was not impressed that I did so and I had to hire an attorney to get the whole thing dismissed. $2000 later lesson learned. See above.

  • shaybytheway

    I love love love this story! And even though she is still healing, I know it has to feel good to be so loved!

  • Heather_Habilatory

    That is not a great indicator, as neither of my crazy exes would have freaked out over this.

  • JohnQknowitall

    Two huh? Sure you were not missing anything signals? ;)

  • JohnQknowitall

    Practically a story for Disney!!!! ;)

  • JohnQknowitall

    We better hide Mr. Webster, Mr. Yale and Mr. New American Dictionary. I agree 100% they are not criminal.

  • Carrie Burton

    So glad they found her… Alive… Prayers for her & her family to recover from the traumatic time in their lives.

  • Buffettgirl

    I know right! ;)

  • King Of Hate

    Been a few days since I have been on DD and already 2 stories with a happy ending. Today is going to be a good day!

  • Heather_Habilatory

    Oh. no. I saw all the bad signs. I just was too stupid to do anything about it.

  • pmo100

    Obviously, the kidnapper became aware that people were approaching the house, and that’s when he figured it’s all crashing down, so kill the girl. Maybe if he did, he would have also killed himself afterwards. Kudos to the family, who aggressively tracked the lunatic down, and did what they had to. I’m surprised that the police didn’t check that abandoned house much sooner, certainly they would have known about it.

  • googlingmisery

    a paper cut as defence perhaps?