Lafayette

Nov 8, 2013 7:54 PM by Alex Labat

Missing Woman Found Alive and Alleged Kidnapper Killed

Bethany Arceneaux is alive and recovering Friday evening after being missing for two days.
It all started around 5:20 p.m. Wednesday at a daycare in the 500 block of Madeline Avenue.
Lafayette police say 29-year-old Scott Thomas confronted Arceneaux, who police say is Thomas's child's mother, fought with her, then forced her into his vehicle before leaving the scene.
Thomas left the car with Arceneaux about a mile away from the abandoned home on Anderson Road where police and family had been searching since Wednesday to find the missing woman and her alleged kidnapper.
After being denied access Thursday and getting approval to search the area from police Friday, Arceneaux's family heard her calling for help around noon.
That's when the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's office says one of Arceneaux's family members entered the home and engaged Thomas, who then began attacking the woman with a knife.
Acting in Arceneaux's defense, the family member shot and killed Thomas.
According to state law, homicide is justifiable for the purpose of preventing a violent act involving someone's life being in danger, and that such an action could prevent that life from being lost.
"I can just imagine how chaotic that confrontation was, the person who acted in defense of Mrs. Arceneaux is a relative, a close relative to her, so I can imagine his emotions were probably high, and everyone's levels were very escalated", says Capt. Kip Judice with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office.

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