Police: Keytar Bear's attackers were New Hampshire teens, could face civil-rights charges

Boston Police report arresting three New Hampshire teens on charges they beat Keytar Bear yesterday while yelling racial slurs at him.

Police say the three, too young to be named because of their age, were charged with assault and battery, affray and disorderly conduct. One was also charged with being a minor in possession of alcohol for the small vodka bottle police say officers found in his pocket.

According to police, the teens could face additional charges; because of the racial slurs, the BPD Civil Rights Unit has joined the investigation into the attack - in which witnesses say one or two others might also have joined in.

According to police, the attack began around 4:40 p.m.

The suspects ripped off the Keytar Bear’s mask, struck him several times in the face and body while calling him racial slurs. When witnesses attempted to intervene the suspects, hurled racial epithets at them before fleeing from the police.

Police say witnesses pointed out the attackers as they fled to the first officer who responded:

The officer was directed by witnesses and bystanders as he pursued the suspects on Water Street toward Devonshire Street, where he ultimately observed three of the suspects climb up the building scaffolding then lay down on a platform in an attempt to hide from police. The officer ordered them from the scaffolding platform, and the suspects complied.

Keytar Bear needs a posse: He's attacked (again) and robbed

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.