Three New Hampshire teens were arrested Saturday on charges of assaulting and yelling racial slurs at a well-known performer called Keytar Bear near Faneuil Hall, according to Boston police.
An officer found Keytar Bear surrounded by a group of young men after responding to a radio call reporting an assault in progress Saturday at 4:40 p.m. near Congress and State streets, police said in a statement.
Police said what appeared to be fight broke up when an officer approached in a cruiser with lights and sirens flashing. Witnesses told police that the suspects attacked the performer as he played his keytar.
They ripped off his bear mask, hitting the musician in the face and body several times while calling him slurs, according to the statement.
When witnesses tried to help the performer, the teens yelled epithets at them before running from police. Police said people in the vicinity directed the officer as he followed the suspects along Water Street toward Devonshire Street.
The mysterious busker is a local staple.
, it says he “brings joy and happiness to Bostonians on the streets with his cheerful songs and amazing talent.” His identity is unknown, but for years he’s played his portable electronic keyboard, known as a keytar, while donning a disheveled bear costume for tips. He’s been called a Boston icon, playing music outside city landmarks, MBTA stops, and festivals.
The teens — ages 15, 16, and 17 — were caught after they climbed scaffolding of a nearby building and tried to hide by lying on a platform. The officer ordered them to come down, and they complied.
All three were charged with assault and battery, affray, and disorderly conduct, according to police. One was…