An exclusive report by NBC New York reveals the FBI has conducted searches of two apartments belonging to 69 year old Joseph Bolanos – one on 76th between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue, the other in Washington Heights – on suspicions that he was involved in the January 6 capitol riots. Bolanos is also the president of the 76th Street Park Block Association.
According to the report, the FBI combed through both buildings in search of evidence. Bolanos was rushed to the hospital when the agents arrived, apparently panicking at the sight of them.
Some of Bolanos’ Upper West Side neighbors interviewed for the report say that he talked about January 6 “as if it were a great day.”
“I was walking down the street and I overheard him bragging about having been there and having video,” said one neighbor.
Joseph Bolanos has been an Upper West Sider for over 45 years, and has long been known as a community activist. From 2000-20003, he was the president of the 20th Precinct Community Council, and at the height of the pandemic, he started dancing on his Upper West Side street to show solidarity and support to frontline and essential workers.
But some of those who know him told NBC they noticed a change in his behavior over the last few months.
NBC reports that Bolanos is not yet facing any charges. We’ve reached out to him for comment and will provide an update if and when he gets back to us.