UPDATE: Lafayette Police say Salvador Perez has been arrested and charged with Criminal Damage to a Historic Building and Criminal Trespassing.



As we observe the 12 Anniversary of 9/11, someone has placed two planes crashing into the beams from the World Trade Center Towers in Downtown Lafayette. This happened Tuesday night, and police are in the process of removing it and looking for the people responsible.

According to our media partner, KATC-TV 3, “The stabilizer on each plane includes a reference to the New World Order conspiracy theory–the Eye of Providence and the initials “NWO.” For some, this theory includes the belief that the 9-11 attacks were carried out by the United States Government.

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to call Lafayette Police or Crime Stoppers at 232-TIPS.

After I read this story on air, I received a wonderful e-mail from someone listening in the UK

Hi Michael,

I’ve just heard your story about the 9/11 memorial being defaced. How awful.

We’re all thinking about that day over here in the United Kingdom.

Hugh Lamont

Update From KATC :

Lafayette Fire Department Chief Robert Benoit has released a response to the vandalism discovered at the 9/11 Memorial in Parc Sans Souci, across the street from the central fire station in downtown Lafayette.

"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."