Marcus Arceneaux carries his wounded niece, Bethany Arceneaux, to a vehicle after she was rescued from a vacant house in Duson, La.
A Louisiana family decided to take justice into their own hands on Friday — and it was all captured on camera.
Marcus Arceneaux cradled his frightened niece, Bethany Arceneaux, in his arms as he tenderly placed her in a car. Blood ran down Bethany’s face and she held a cloth to her neck to stem the flow. But she was home. She was safe.
And her family had reportedly killed her torturer. Bethany’s two-day ordeal began on Wednesday evening when her ex-boyfriend, Scott Thomas, took her hostage. The 29-year-old from Duson was the mother of his child and allegedly a victim of years of domestic abuse at his hands.
By the time police sent a SWAT team inside the home, Thomas was already dead.
As of now, no charges have been pressed against anyone in the Arceneaux family. Judice confirmed that initial investigations into the incident revealed that the Arceneauxs were acting in defense of the victim.
Bethany’s brothers, Ryan Arceneaux and Kaylyn Alfred, told The Advertiser that they were part of the woman’s rescue team.
“We went and got her in that house. We kicked doors down. It was like a movie unfolding,” Ryan said. “If we wouldn’t have done what we did, she would have been dead.”