No indictment for radical political display
LAFAYETTE- A grand jury here refused to indict a man on criminal trespassing charges after he was arrested for allegedly defacing a monument to the September 11th attacks in the city's downtown area.
Twelve years to the day, as much of the nation were honoring the heroes of that day, people found two cardboard airplanes attached to some beams of the World Trade Center, assembled in Lafayette to resemble the towers, appearing to show the moment the planes smashed into the building. Nearby, a cutout of President Bush holding cash and a remote control was found.
Police said they traced the style of artistry to Salvador Perez, 35.
The grand jury chose to issue a no true bill on the two charges Perez faced, KATC.com reported. Police can pursue charges again if more evidence is collected.
The Lafayette 9-11 monument is a 1-by-100 scale representation of both the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. It includes three beams from the World Trade Center, limestone from the Pentagon, and soil from the Shanksville, Pennsylvania, field in which Flight 93 crashed.
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