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New developments in Arceneaux case

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There are new developments in the Bethany Arceneaux case. The statements she gave to police were released Monday. Arceneaux was kidnapped and held captive for three days by her estranged boyfriend, Scott Thomas, in November 2013. 

It’s the agonizing side of the story unheard until now, the details of the harrowing three days Bethany Arceneaux was held captive by Thomas. Initially, the District Attorney's office in the 15th district withheld her interview with police, but as part of a public records request, it was released Monday.

"What occurred to her as a victim was private and extremely sensitive to this and our hearts go out to her,” said Assistant District Attorney, Pat Magee. “But, at the end of the day, the law is the law."

Two statements were taken, one in the ambulance as Arceneaux was transported to the hospital shortly after her rescue and the other was nearly 10 days later.

Arceneaux says before Thomas held her in an abandoned house in Duson, they hid between woods and the sugarcane fields, well aware of the police searching nearby. It was the first cold snap of the season and Arceneaux was dragged along those parts of Anderson Road with no shoes.

She said "He had a knife and would drag me by my hair through the woods 'cause at one point, I’d seen the cops and I tried to run."

She says she slept with a knife to her throat and although she tried several times to escape, nothing worked. She says Thomas was paranoid and threatened to kill her if anyone found them.

According to her statement to police, for those three days they had no food and very little water and slept under torn carpet to keep warm.

She said they watched the search parties from the windows—an agonizing ordeal. 

She said, "He would sleep with a knife around my throat and I would see the cops. I would see the cops, but I couldn't do nothin'"

And she tried many times to escape. While using the bathroom in that abandoned home, she tried to break the window, but couldn't.  She also tried used a shower curtain rod to injure Thomas, but said he barely flinched.

And as the search parties passed right under their nose, she says Thomas grew paranoid and told her, (sic) "We gonna spend as much time as we can, but when they kick in that door, Ima kill you. We gonna die together."

But Thomas was the only one who died during Arceneaux's rescue. Her cousin, Marcus Arceneaux shot and killed Thomas—an act a grand jury ultimately ruled as “justifiable homicide” in April.

When her cousin finally found her in the abandoned home, which was dark and almost completely covered by trees and overgrown plants, she says Thomas sliced her throat and stabbed her in her head, mouth, ear, and hip.

Despite it all she told police, "I never wanted this to happen to Scott. Like, I never wished nothin' bad on Scott. I just didn't wanna be with him no more."

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