9/11 Monument is Defaced with Cartoon Airplanes Crashing

| by Michael Allen
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Salvador Perez was arrested today in Lafayette, La. for allegedly defacing a 9/11 memorial in a bizarre manner.

Perez is accused of placing two cardboard drawings of crashing planes on the memorial on the 12th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

According to police, the cartoonish graffiti was attached to the monument overnight on Tuesday.

The 9/11 monument includes two of the 13-foot I-beams from the World Trade Center, notes KATC.

Perez allegedly attached drawings of planes crashing to the I-beams. The graffiti also included a nearby cartoon drawing of President George W. Bush with cash in his hand and a remote control, suggesting the Bush administration was behind 9/11.

A building located across the street from the 9/11 monument said there was a cartoon squirrel on top of its roof pointing a gun at the memorial, reported KETK.

Perez was booked on Wednesday on charges of criminal damage to a historic building and criminal trespassing.

Police say an investigation of the scene and the style of the art led them to Perez, but they do not have a motive.

Sources: KETK and KATC