Three New Hampshire Juveniles Arrested and Charged in Assault on Keytar Bear


At about 4:40 PM on Saturday, June 17, 2017, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a radio call for an assault and battery in progress in the area of Congress and State Streets.

An officer on patrol nearby responded and observed the well-known musical “Keytar Bear” surrounded by a group of young males in what appeared to be a fight. As the officer approached with lights and sirens activated on his cruiser, the group of males fled on foot. 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.

Meanwhile, officers conducted an investigation at the scene and learned that the Keytar Bear had been attacked by the suspects while playing his music near Faneuil Hall. 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.

The suspects were positively identified as Keytar Bear’s attackers and arrested. The three juveniles from New Hampshire were arrested and charged with Assault and Battery, Affray, and Disorderly Conduct. One of the suspects was additionally charged with Minor in Possession of Alcohol when officers recovered a small bottle of vodka in his pocket. The incident continues to be under investigation by the Boston Police Civil Rights Unit.