Monday, November 11, 2013

Sometimes Self-Help is the Best Help (Updated 11-11-13)

ABC has an interesting story of a Louisiana family that successfully mounted a rescue of a relative that had been kidnapped after police had failed to find the victim or perp. 

Later that evening, law enforcement officials found Thomas' car near an abandoned sugarcane field in a rural area of Lafayette Parish, La., Judice said.

One of Arceneaux's shoes was found in the car, while the other had been left in the parking lot of the daycare where she had been last seen.

Authorities searched the sugarcane field Wednesday night and all day Thursday, but to no avail, Judice said. The cane towers as high as eight feet tall and was "a brutal search area" for officials, he said.
It wasn't until Friday morning, when Arceneaux's family members conducted their own search in the same area that they came upon a secluded, abandoned house behind a cluster of trees.
The house was directly across the street from the field where Thomas abandoned his car, but only the home's roof was visible from the road, Judice said.
"[The family] converged on a piece of property about a mile from where the car was found," Judice said. "One of the family members heard what he thought was a scream."
Arceneaux's cousin approached the home, kicked in the door in and entered, Judice said. Inside, he found Thomas with the woman. Thomas then began stabbing Arceneaux, and a confrontation ensued.
"The cousin, who was armed, began firing several shots at Thomas," Judice said. "After a couple of shots, [Arceneaux] was able to get free of him and they escorted her out of the house."
"The cousin" is not being charged, which is how it should be. While it would have perhaps been better to have entered from at least two locations in order to distract and confuse the kidnapper, it appears to have overall been a successful operation.

Updated Nov. 11, 2013: Another example of self-help in law enforcement. After an armed robbery at a local store:

Lowery says more than 20 people, many of them armed, spread out looking for the gunman, in trucks and on foot. 
"We didn't have no leader of it all, we just went all our separate ways and the people in Rhine they knew they were going to get that rascal," Lowery said. 
Lowery, a retired corrections officer, ended up tracking the suspect down roughly 200 yards away from the store. He fired a warning shot from his deer rifle and says the suspect stashed his gun and money, and hid in a nearby  shed, where he was soon arrested by Dodge County sheriff's deputies. 
Major Donald Helms of the Dodge County Sheriff's Office says it's just a story of good guys with guns. People in a small town excerising their right to bear arms.

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