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.