Dramatic moment family rescued kidnapped and stabbed girl in shoot-out at abandoned house where she'd been held for 3 days
- Victim's family claim they shot dead Scott Thomas during rescue attempt
- Bethany Arceneaux was grabbed on Wednesday as she collected her child from a day care center
- 29-year-old mother allegedly had restraining order against kidnapper Thomas
17:16 EST, 8 November 2013
01:40 EST, 9 November 2013
The dramatic moment an uncle carried
his terrified and bloodied niece to safety after she was kidnapped and
held hostage in an abandoned Louisiana house was caught on camera today.
Bethany Arceneaux was taken hostage on Wednesday evening by Scott Thomas, her ex-boyfriend and father of her child.
few hours after Marcus Arceneaux was pictured carrying his niece from a
vacant house in Duson, a police swat team entered the building and
Thomas was found shot dead.
Rescued: Marcus Arceneaux carries his niece, Bethany, to safety after she was kidnapped and stabbed in an abandoned house
Hostage: Scott Thomas grabbed Bethany Arceneaux, the mother of his child, on Wednesday evening
The 29-year-old mother had been stabbed and slashed but is expected to survive, her family told KLFY.
She has been taken to hospital and is in a stable condition.
She was rescued on Friday afternoon when a search party of family and friends confronted Thomas and managed to grab his victim.
who were also searching nearby rushed to the scene and quickly
surrounded the house in a tense stand off that lasted a couple of hours.
Lafayette Police Corporal Paul
Mouton told MailOnline the swat team entered the house, 'shots were
fired and the suspect was deceased' at about 3pm (CST) on Friday.
Thomas died of injuries he sustained during the confrontation with Miss Arceneaux's relatives, according to reports.
to Captain Kip Judice, of Lafayette Parish Sheriff's office, the
victim's family had shot Thomas as they tried to free her from his
'Family members are walking through a pasture with an abandoned home ... and heard a yell from inside the home,' he said.
Saved: Bethany Arceneaux was rescued when a search party of friends and family heard her yell out
'Those family members entered the
home and confronted Mr Scott Thomas ... who began to harm the victim. At
that point, a confrontation ensued between the family member and Mr
He added that when a swat team later entered the house they found the body of the kidnapper.
Miss Arceneaux's ordeal began at 5.20pm on Wednesday when Thomas grabbed her from outside a day care center.
29-year-old was seen forcing his victim into a Buick LeSabre before
driving off with her, leaving the victim's child abandoned in her car.
getaway car was found later that day in Anderson Road, Duson, but it
wasn't until Friday that Miss Arceneaux was rescued from an abandoned
house on the same street.
Relatives told KATC TV-3 gunfire was
exchanged between the family and the alleged kidnapper but police could
not confirm that.
Arceneaux, the victim's uncle, said: 'We found my niece Bethany, she's
OK. I'd like to thank everybody who came out and helped us search.'
Stand off: Police use their car as a shield as they surround the house Scott Thomas was hiding in
Search party: Police creep up on the house after the victim's family helped her break free
'Friends and family actually came
into contact with the victim and the suspect in or out of the house,' Lafayette Police Corporal Paul
Mouton told KPEL.
was a confrontation at that point. During that
confrontation, the victim was freed,' he said, adding that Miss
Arceneaux was said to be in 'good condition other than some injuries
that she had received'.
couple have a violent history revealed in several police reports,
according to KATC 3. She had filed several reports alleging domestic
abuse and also filed a restraining order against Thomas.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2493732/Marcus-Arceneaux-rescued-niece-kidnapped-stabbed-ex-boyfriend.html#ixzz2kJXtdcFd
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