On November 6, 2013, at approximately 5:20 pm, Lafayette Police responded to a kidnapping incident in the 500 block of Madeline Avenue.
According to witnesses, the suspect, 29 year old Scott Thomas of Leonville, arrived at a daycare on Madeline Avenue and confronted his child’s mother, a 29 year old female. Thomas allegedly forced the victim into his vehicle and fled the scene. The victim’s 2 year old child was left inside of the victim’s vehicle at the daycare.
Details are emerging from how the kidnapping of Bethany Arceneaux ended. According to police, family searched an abandoned property and saw her inside. They got inside and Thomas attacked her. The family member then defended Bethany, shooting Thomas. Then left the scene with Bethany. Thomas has been pronounced dead.
If I’m honest, I’m a little conflicted here. Kudos to the family for not relying on the police and for being a part of the rescue of a loved one.
I’ve lived in countries where rule of law could be a bit dodgy at times and I’ve seen what it does to people’s lives. Because of that experience overseas, I am a big, big fan of Due Process and I firmly believe that should always be our default.
A family is re-united and a kidnapper is dead. Can’t argue with that.
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