Vigilante Justice Is Served As Family Rescues Own Daughter From Kidnapper

A family saved their kidnapped daughter by tracking her down to an abandoned house in rural Louisiana, eventually shooting and killing her captor. The victim was missing for almost three full days.

Apparently, Bethany Arceneaux, 29, was abducted earlier this week in Lafayette by her ex-boyfriend Scott Thomas (Thomas is the father of her 2-year-old son), according to local media sources.

A witness to the kidnapping said she saw Arceneaux honking her car horn for help in a parking lot as Thomas broke into her car and attacked her. When the witness rushed over, Arceneaux begged her to take her son.

She grabbed the 2-year-old boy during the struggle, then Thomas forced Arceneaux into his car and drove away.

Police found Thomas’ white Buick near a field a few hours later
The next day, family members began posting fliers of the missing mom and started to search surrounding areas.

“Based off the information officers received at the day care about the way the victim was confronted by Thomas, we believe she may be in a situation where she could be harmed,” spokesman Cpl. Paul Mouton noted in a press conference.

On the third day after the kidnapping, police and family members were searching near Thomas’ abandoned car and other areas near his hometown. Then suddenly, local residents gave family members a tip about a vacant house in a nearby field.

A couple of neighborhood residents, along with five or six members of Arceneaux’s family, took off on four-wheelers toward the house.

Family members said they heard Bethany’s screams begging for help as they approached the dilapidated house.

The group arrived at the house, then kicked down the door as Thomas allegedly began stabbing Arceneaux.

At this point, an armed family member shot Thomas three times, killing him instantly, Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Capt. Kip Judice noted.
A bloodied Bethany can be seen being carried to a vehicle by her uncle after the shooting.

“She’s shook up, she’s sliced up, but she’s all right,” her brother, Ryan Arceneaux, commented in an interview with local media.

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