Lafayette Police Arrest Salvador Perez & Charge Him For Defacing The 9/11 Memorial In Downtown Lafayette
The Lafayette Police Department arrested Salvador Perez, of Lafayette, this afternoon for his involvement in defacing the 9/11 memorial in downtown Lafayette. He has been charged with criminal damage to a historic building and criminal trespassing. He faces fines of up to $1,000 and as much as two years in jail on the criminal damage charge.
According to police, Perez placed two cardboard cutout images of crashing planes — and a nearby cutout of former Pres. George Bush holding what appears to be a wad of cash and a remote control unit — at the memorial. Police say an analysis of the scene — along with the style the artist used in drawing the pieces attached to the memorial — led them to Perez.
The memorial, which consists of two beams from the World Trade Center Towers in New York, was donated to the city in 2002. Perez allegedly attached two cardboard planes to the beams depicting what happened in New York on 9/11/01.
KATC-TV 3 reports that the investigation is ongoing and anyone with information in this case is encouraged to call police at 337-232-TIPS.
Note: The mugshot posted is not a current photo of Perez. This is an older mugshot from 2012. We are awaiting a more up-to-date photo from LPSO.