Nov 7, 2013 11:36 PM by Erin Steuber

Missing Women, Alleged Kidnapper Have Violent Past

In Lafayette, a woman and her alleged kidnapper are still missing.

Police say last night, Scott Thomas of Leonville, confronted Bethany Arceneaux outside of their son's daycare on Madeline Avenue in Lafayette. Witnesses say the man hit the woman and tried to get her, and the child, into the car but someone stepped in, rescuing the child.

Moments later, Arceneaux and Thomas were gone. Two hours later, the suspect's vehicle was found in Lafayette Parish along Anderson Rd. in Duson, nine miles away from the daycare. But neither one was in the car.

Since then, police have been looking for clues, but still no sign of either of them. But Thomas and Arceneaux have a violent history well documented in police records. Not only did Arceneaux file several reports, documenting alleged abuse by her ex-boyfriend, Scott Thomas, she also filed a restraining order against him.

On June 17th Arceneaux filed a protective order against Thomas claiming he was stalking her, had choked her, shoved her, threatened her with a knife and threatened to kill her, and their son, on countless occassions.

A temporary restraining order was granted, stating Thomas was not allowed to have any contact with Arceneaux, and could not go within 100 yards of her, or their son. Later that month, a permanent restraining order was granted.

But just a day earlier, June 16th, according to a police report in Leonville, Thomas held Arceneaux captive, threatening he would kill all of them, including their 2 year-old son. Thomas was later booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail on charges of assault and false imprisonment.

Two months later, in August, Thomas allegedly showed up at Arceneaux's home in Carencro, and at their son's doctor's appointment. Carencro police say they later tried to stop him after noticing he was driving around her home, but he took off. A warrant was issued, and Thomas was booked into the Lafayette Parish jail on August 12th. His charges included resisting an officer, aggravated flight from an officer, aggravated assault and violation of a protective order. Thomas was released on a $30,000 bond two weeks ago.

Their son remains safe in the custody of family after being left at the scene of the kidnapping. The child was left in a vehicle at his daycare right across the street from the home of Derrimetria Robinson. She says she heard Arceneaux's cries for help, and didn't think twice about stepping in to help out.

"Then it came to me that the man might have a gun," said Robinson. "In the midst of it when I'm telling the man to move out the way so I can get the baby. But then hearing the momma cry, saying help my baby, you know, you just can't walk away from that."

Police called off the searches Thursday night, but will be back out first thing in the morning, Friday. Police say there are no confirmed signs of either Thomas, or Arceneaux. If you have any information on their whereabouts you are asked to call Lafayette Police.



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