The family of Bethany Arceneaux will not face charges after they stormed her abductor’s shelter and her cousin shot and killed Scott Thomas.
Her uncle, Marcus Arceneaux, recounted the harrowing scene that unfolded Friday after Thomas, the father of Bethany Arceneaux’s 2-year-old child, was shot and killed two days after kidnapping the Louisiana mom.
“We can finally go to sleep at night,” Marcus Arceneaux told KATC in Lafayette, La. "She's strong and she tried fighting. She said she tried fighting, but there was nothing she could do.”
Bethany Arceneaux was stabbed by Thomas before her cousin – Marcus Arceneaux’s son – shot and killed him. She was recovering in a Louisiana hospital from stab wounds before being released Sunday, according to the Lafayette Advertiser.
“She’s shook up, she’s sliced up, but she’s all right,” her brother, Ryan Arceneaux, told the paper.
Before she was abducted last week near her son’s day care, Arceneaux filed a complaint against Thomas on June 15. She wrote that Thomas choked her, held a knife to her neck “countless times” and threatened the lives of herself and her 2-year-old son.
“He grabbed our son from me and shoved him into the car,” she wrote, according to the Advertiser. “Since then, Scott has been riding around my mom’s house and my work looking for me. I am afraid for me and my son’s life.”
While the Arceneauxs were searching for Bethany, they heard her screams coming from an abandoned home where Thomas was holding her captive.
"She just hollered like her life was in danger and when they heard her, they said a chill went through their body," Marcus Arceneaux recalled to KATC.
He then recounted what Thomas told his niece moments before the family barged in on the home and his son fired the shots that killed Thomas.
"He told her, ‘as soon as they kick the door in, I'm going to kill you.’ He stabbed her a few times and once they got closer, he stabbed her again. That's why she hollered. He started stabbing her as they got close,” he said.
Marcus Arceneaux said his son had no regrets over his actions and the family believed they made the right decision by storming the home.
"We felt we did what we had to do. It was a situation where her life was at hand. The guy was out to kill her and we weren't going to wait for it to happen," he said.
Neither Marcus Arceneaux’s son nor the rest of the family will be charged in connection with the incident, according to the Advertiser. However, the district attorney has received a report about the case.