Lafayette police arrest suspect in 9/11 memorial vandalism
Lafayette authorities arrested a 35-year-old man they say defaced a 9/11 memorial on the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Police say Salvador Perez placed two cardboard cutouts of airplanes, appearing to crash into the twin pillars of the monument in downtown Lafayette.
"To have that monument...defaced, is very disturbing to a lot of our citizens, so it was very important that we solve this case," said Corporal Paul Mouton, a spokesman for Lafayette Police.
Mouton says the cutouts matched the style of Perez's artwork. That plus other clues led cops to him.
"His artwork is very unique in the way that he draws, so that did contribute to a portion of him being identified," Mouton said, "as well as other information that we received."
Mouton says Perez may have been trying to make a political statement -- he says Perez also placed a caricature of former president George W. Bush at the site, depicted holding a wad of cash and a remote control.
Perez is charged with criminal damage an historic building and criminal trespass.