Daring Rescue By Family in Louisiana Kidnapping

In one of those rare instances where things actually work out, members of a kidnapped woman’s family were able to save her life, after efforts by the police failed.

This one also goes under “benefits of a big family”, as over 20 of Bethany Arceneaux’s relatives joined in the search to find her after she disappeared, and kept looking after Police had given up for the day.

A bloodied and battered Bethany Arceneaux is carried from the car to the hospital by her cousin Marceus Arceneaux. Police have withheld the name of the Cousin who rescued her from her kidnapper apparently seconds before he killed her.

Kidnapped woman rescued by cousin in Louisiana, police said

A woman who had been kidnapped two days earlier was found Friday with multiple stab wounds inside an abandoned house in Louisiana — and freed by family members in a daring operation, police said.

The man who allegedly held her hostage for 30 hours in a vacant home in Duson, La., was shot and killed by the woman’s cousin as he rescued her, police said.

Authorities of the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office had been searching for Bethany Arceneaux, 29, since late Wednesday, after her car was found abandoned outside her child’s day care center, Capt. Kip Judice told NBC News.

Judice said police believed Scott Thomas, 29, the father of Arceneaux’s son, was the abductor. The two had domestic troubles, and Arceneaux had a restraining order against Thomas, Judice added.

The woman’s family decided to look for Arceneaux themselves. On Friday, about 20 relatives formed a search party and began to search on foot, Judice said.

Arceneaux’s cousin heard cries coming from an abandoned home in a sugar field about 10 miles from where the woman was last seen.

Armed with a gun, the man forced his way into the home. As the cousin made his way through the house, Thomas allegedly stabbed Arceneaux several times. The cousin then fired several shots at Thomas and then fled with Arceneaux, Judice said.

The woman confirmed to authorities that her cousin shot Thomas as Thomas was stabbing her.

Arceneaux is undergoing treatment at the Lafayette General Medical Center and is in good condition, Judice said.

Police found Thomas dead in the vacant home. He had allegedly held Arceneaux at knifepoint for 30 hours before she was rescued, Judice added.

Arceneaux’s cousin is not in police custody and has not been charged with a crime. He is cooperating with authorities, Judice said.

Under Louisiana law, a justifiable homicide statute allows an individual to defend himself as well as others he feels are in danger, which includes great bodily harm or death, police said.

Washington Nationals Catcher Rescued

A collective sigh from local sports fans…

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos found safely, reports say

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was found safely after he was kidnapped earlier this week in Venezuela.

Venezuelan police rescued Ramos on Friday, two days after he was kidnapped, officials announced.

Justice Minister Tareck El Aissami said on state television that Ramos was “safe and sound” and that he was rescued by police. He said the circumstances weren’t immediately clear.

Information Minister Andres Izarra initially announced the news on Twitter, saying: “The baseball player Ramos found alive by security forces in mountainous zone.”

Ramos was found in the mountains near where he was abducted, according to NBC sports.

Adam Kilgore, a Nationals beat write for the Washington Post, also wrote on the social networking site that Ramos agent, Gustavo Mercado, confirmed Ramos was found safe. Mercado was with Ramos family, Kilgore said. Ramos was “on his way back home,” he wrote on the Washington Post website.

New Twist Yo That “You Don’t Love Me!” Thing.

Ok Guys – you know you been through it, when your lady sets the program for you to once again prove you affection with the “You don’t love me!” meme.

Seems this woman in Spain really went overboard!

Spanish woman fakes kidnapping to test husband: police

Spanish police have detained a woman who faked her own kidnapping to test whether her husband would pay ranson, sending him a photograph of herself with bound hands and feet, police said Monday.

The man received the photo on his mobile phone from someone claiming to be one of the kidnappers along with a text message demanding a ransom of 20,000 euros (26,000 dollars) for her release, they said in a statement.

The ransom request was repeated in later text messages as well as warnings that the man not go to police, which he ignored.

Police launched a search and spotted her car, which they followed to a shopping mall in the town of Gandia on the Mediterranean coast.

“The woman, who was travelling alone and was in perfect health, was the supposed victim of the kidnapping,” the police statement said.

At first she told police that she had been released that morning but later confessed to faking her abduction “to find out what her husband would be willing to do for her”.

In 2008 a Spanish court sentenced a woman to three-year-a-half years in prison after finding her guilty of extortion by faking her children’s kidnapping seven times.

Rand Paul — The Aqua Buddha Man!

An anonymous woman claims that Rand Paul was getting his freak on, with the Aqua Buddha!

Exclusive: Rand Paul’s accuser clarifies “kidnapping”

The woman who sparked a national firestorm by recounting Rand Paul’s youthful indiscretions to GQ magazine is now clarifying her account: She says she was not kidnapped nor forced to do drugs by Paul.

But she reiterated other odd aspects of her earlier story, including her claim that Paul and another college friend blindfolded her, tied her up, and told her to smoke pot and worship the “Aqua Buddha,” even if they didn’t physically force her to do these things.

The woman — who was made available to me for an interview by GQ reporter Jason Zengerle in response to the Paul campaign’s denunciations of his article — said she didn’t mean to imply that she was kidnapped “in a legal sense.”

“The whole thing has been blown out of proportion,” she told me. “They didn’t force me, they didn’t make me. They were creating this drama: `We’re messing with you.'” Continue reading

Jada Justice Case Advances

Trail dates are imminent for the babysitter and boyfriend accused of murdering Jada Justice -

Jada Justice's Accused Murders to Come to Trial

Jada Justice's Accused Murderers to Come to Trial

The Dec. 7 jury trial of a Hobart woman charged with murder and neglect of a dependent in the beating death of a Portage toddler has been affirmed.

Engelica Elisa Castillo, 19, has pleaded not guilty to the charges filed June 26 in the death of Jada Justice, who sustained numerous skull fractures.

Defense attorney Lemuel Stigler and trial supervisor David Urbanski told Lake Superior Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr. they are cooperating in accomplishing discovery before the case goes to trial.

The girl’s mother, Melissa Swiontek, left Jada in Castillo’s care June 8 for a two-week stay. Castillo is Swiontek’s cousin.

On June 16, Castillo reported the child had been taken from her car outside a gas station at Ridge Road and Louisiana Street in Gary after she left the girl unattended while she went inside to buy cigarettes and bottled water.

The statement by Castillo prompted a massive search for the girl that ended June 25 when Castillo’s boyfriend and co-defendant, Timothy John Tkachik, led authorities to a swampy, wooded area near Otis where Jada’s body was found encased in cement.

Tkachik, 23, of Hobart, also charged with murder and neglect of a dependent, is scheduled for a hearing Sept. 18.

Back Story -

Another Missing Black Child – Another MSM MIA June 23, 2009

Update on Jada Justice June 25, 2009

Jada Justice Found Dead June 26, 2009

Suspects in Jada Justice case plead not guilty June 30, 2009

Jada Justice Suspects – Death Penalty Trial July 2, 2009

The Dec. 7 jury trial of a Hobart woman charged with murder and neglect of a dependent in the beating death of a Portage toddler has been affirmed.

Engelica Elisa Castillo, 19, has pleaded not guilty to the charges filed June 26 in the death of Jada Justice, who sustained numerous skull fractures.

Defense attorney Lemuel Stigler and trial supervisor David Urbanski told Lake Superior Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr. they are cooperating in accomplishing discovery before the case goes to trial.

The girl’s mother, Melissa Swiontek, left Jada in Castillo’s care June 8 for a two-week stay. Castillo is Swiontek’s cousin.

On June 16, Castillo reported the child had been taken from her car outside a gas station at Ridge Road and Louisiana Street in Gary after she left the girl unattended while she went inside to buy cigarettes and bottled water.

The statement by Castillo prompted a massive search for the girl that ended June 25 when Castillo’s boyfriend and co-defendant, Timothy John Tkachik, led authorities to a swampy, wooded area near Otis where Jada’s body was found encased in cement.

Tkachik, 23, of Hobart, also charged with murder and neglect of a dependent, is scheduled for a hearing Sept. 18.

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I hope the Castillo family is not wasting any money on this skank on legal fees. If so, what a waste of money…. give to charity. Let that cold blooded child killer rot in jail.
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Suspects in Jada Justice case plead not guilty

Suspects in the Jada Justice Murder case pleaded “Not Guilty” in court today. They are being held without bond. On this video, Jada’s Dad speaks out for the first time.

June 29, 2009 (CHICAGO) (WLS) Not guilty pleas have been entered for the two people charged with killing little Jada Justice. Jada’s babysitter and her boyfriend made their first court appearance Monday morning. Continue reading

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