UPDATE: Attackers were New Hampshire teens who could face civil-rights charges.
Welcome to Dot reports Keytar Bear was attacked outside 60 State St. this afternoon by a bunch of alleged douches who tackled him, destroyed his amp and took his tip money.
Jessica Baldwin, who took the above photo seconds before the guy with his arm around Keytar Bear slammed him into the sidewalk outside the Bank of America at State and Congress streets this afternoon, reports the men then "ripped his [bear] head off," punched him and pulled the cords out of his keytar and amplifier.
Then, she said, they took his tips and sauntered across the street, where they stood for awhile taunting the Bear, daring him to come over.
"He's a grown man wearing a bear suit; It just seems un-American and inhumane [to attack him]," Baldwin, up from Nashville on a business trip, said. "Good God!"
Baldwin, who was standing in front of the Old State House with her 10-year-old son, Thompson, rushed across the street to help Keytar Bear, while her mother, a Boston native who now lives in Atlanta, began looking for a cop.
Keytar Bear had a good-sized knot above one eye, Baldwin said. But he told her, "I clocked one of them really good."
As the police arrived and Keytar Bear went to talk to them, Baldwin, her son and mother guarded his equipment and remaining tips. She said Thompson felt bad when he learned about the stolen tips and gave Keytar Bear $4. She added that police officers gave Thompson stickers and declared him an honorary Boston cop for the day.
Thompson said tons of Boston cops showed up - including cops on motorcycles and a K-9 unit. Three ambulances also arrived.
Later, one of the cops told the family they had managed to capture three of the attackers, whom Baldwin described as 20-something guys who seemed either drunk or on some other mood-altering substance.
Keytar Bear, who has been playing Boston streets and T stops in his Ted getup since at least 2013, was attacked in spring, 2014, suffering a broken nose, and again that fall. The next year, an angry hurdy-gurdy man shoved him.