The 9-11 Memorial at Parc Sans Souci was vandalized at some time last night, with vandals placing images of airplanes crashing into the beams onto the memorial.

From our friends at KATC UPDATE: Lafayette Police have arrested Salvador Perez, 35, of Lafayette and charged him 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.

Lafayette Fire Department Chief Robert Benoit has released a response to the vandalism discovered at the 9/11 Memorial in Parc Sans Souci.

"It is very disappointing that someone would deface Lafayette's 9/11 Memorial in such a way as to dishonor the people and the first responders who lost their lives protecting this nation," Benoit said in a press release. "This incident will not overshadow our remembrance and honoring of September 11, 2001, 12 years ago. We encourage the public to help the police department locate the individual(s) responsible for this act."

According to our friends at KATC TV3, cardboard cut-outs of the rear half of airplanes were placed on the beams, making them appear to be 'crashing' into the beams.  You can click here to read the story about the vandalized memorial.

Lafayette Police are investigating, and would appreciate any information you may have about the crime.


(Via KATC)