Posted: Sep 16, 2013 7:24 PM by Alex Labat
Updated: Sep 16, 2013 7:33 PM
With the help of strangers and a days old Facebook page, Salvador Perez bonded out of jail around 2 o'clock this morning. He faces charges of Criminal Damage of a Historic Monument and two counts of Criminal Trespassing.
As a hearing on Friday, Perez confirmed he is homeless and cannot afford and attorney.
Strangers stepped up to help Perez get out of jail, and they say it's all about the 1st Amendment and a person's right to express themselves.
Crawford Comeaux and Victoria Broussard say that's exactly what Salvador Perez was doing.
The two had never never met Perez before he was put in jail for allegedly defacing the 9/11 memorial downtown on September 11th.
Broussard says she first spoke to him while he was in jail, to ask permission to create the Spring Sal Facebook page.
She says, the point of the artwork Perez allegedly put on the memorial was to make a creative statement, not to anger the public.
"He didn't expect all of the media attention that he got, but his goal was not to offend people or upset people that's not what he wanted to do", says Broussard.