As a note to this particular article, this incident transpired 2 years ago, but is being reprinted to show what is possible when a responsible gun owner manages to successfully handle a negative situation, positively. All members of this family are doing well after the incident, and look at the successful rescue as a positive event. The following is how it all unfolded at the time of the incident:
A local Louisiana man took things into his own hands after his cousin was abducted and local authorities failed to locate her. Scouring the area of Lafayette Parish, he heard screams coming from an abandoned house and proceeded to kick the door in. The cousin, whose name is being withheld by the sheriff’s department noted a man stabbing his 29 year-old cousin, Bethany Arceneaux when he broke through the door. Firing his handgun several times, he later told police that he wasn’t sure he had hit the kidnapper in the darkened house, Sheriff’s Capt. Kip Judice states.
After law enforcement arrived, officers found the body of Scott Thomas, a man who had a child with Arceneaux and had previously violated a restraining order protecting her. Arceneaux was hospitalized with wounds, but has since been released.
Arceneaux states that the police had been searching for her ex, when he arrived at the daycare she has their 2 year-old son enrolled at, on Wednesday, confronted her and forced her into his vehicle. The 2 year-old child was left inside her car at the daycare.
Thomas’ car was found that same night abandoned behind a canefield about a mile from the road. Police and bloodhounds searched the area without success on Thursday, but were met on Friday morning by nearly 20 of Arceneaux’s relatives who had organized their own search party, Judice stated.
Officers and relatives searched until about noon, when the girl’s cousin located the house. “The cousin was at the right spot when he heard the screams.” Judice said.
Patrick James has worked as a firefighter/EMT for several services throughout the years, as well as a custom metal fabricator, certified personal trainer and chef.
Growing up in the rural suburbs of Detroit, it was during his frequent trips to Northern Michigan where he learned of his love for hunting and fishing. Spending several of his adult years in upstate South Carolina, his love of extreme sports took root in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains as he learned to rock climb and kayak.
“Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and vanish into air.” ~ John Quincy Adams