Dennis Riley, the Southernmost Bagpiper for the past 26 years, was arrested by Key West police
on Monday afternoon as he piped down the sun from City property next to Mallory Square. The arrest was made based on a complaint from Joyce Domenico, manager of the grounds at the Hilton properties, location of an alternate sunset celebration very near Mallory Square.
You saw Dennis' picture
here at the Coffee Plantation on February 10th, in full regalia. Now here's his mug shot, and his arrest record.
Arrest Date: 02/20/2006 CAD #: Offense #: KWPD06OFF1115
Name: RILEY, DENNIS FRANK DoB:08/29/1953 Age:52 Sex:M Race:W
Address: 1023 WHITEHEAD ST., KEY WEST , FL 33040
Arrest Location: 245 FRONT STREET, KEY WEST
Charges:1 Misdemeanor Count(s) of 810.09.2b
TRESPASSING FAIL TO LEAVE PROPERTY UPON ORDER BY OWNER
Officer/Agency: KWPD, - KWPD Bond Amount: $0
The incident came about when Dennis challenged a performer on the Hilton Pier to lower the volume of his amplified music, which was directed towards the corner at Mallory Square where Riley has been playing for as long as there has been a sunset celebration. The Hilton Pier attempts to attract people off the main Mallory Square location by a variety of means in hope of attracting customers to the bars they have set up in several locations on their privately-owned pier.
Dennis first asked the "musician" playing reggae tunes on a synthesizer keyboard to lower the volume so people at Mallory Square could hear his un-amplified pipes. When the Hilton performer refused, Dennis strode on to the bridge separating the two properties and began playing there. It was then that Domenico called police and demanded that Riley be made to leave the bridge, which is City property where he was standing. When Dennis held his ground, police took him to the ground, kilts flying, and transported him to the Monroe County jail for booking.
Some of our customers, friends of Dennis, are going to tell tourists and visitors to avoid the Hilton Pier at sunset, since they are bad neighbors to the long-running official