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Jun 19, 2017 6:44 PM

NH teens could face hate crimes charges in 'Keytar Bear' attack

The Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Three New Hampshire teenagers could face hate crimes charges after police say they assaulted and yelled racial slurs at a popular street performer in Boston who plays music while dressed as a bear.

READ: Cops: 3 NH teens attacked Boston street performer 'Keytar Bear'

The three boys appeared in court Monday on charges of assault and battery and disorderly conduct. A judge ordered them released to their parents' custody.

Police say "Keytar Bear" was attacked Saturday near Faneuil Hall. They say the juveniles ripped off his mask and hit him several times while yelling racial slurs at him.

Police say a witness said one of the suspects slammed the musician's face into the ground and vandalized his equipment before taking off with his tips.

The Suffolk County District Attorney's office says the assault is being investigated for potential civil rights violations.

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