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image from www.wnd.comJoseph Bolanos says he didn't riot at the Capitol. He wasn't even on the streets at the time, having retreated to a hotel room as the incursion had happened. He said he turned over evidence to the FBI that proves this

But the FBI still raided his and his mother's apartments. He's had two strokes since. He's said he's been ostracized by his community, where he was a respected member. All because an anonymous caller reportedly told the FBI he was bragging about having entered the Capitol -- which he has the evidence to prove he didn't do.

According to a Wednesday piece by New York Post columnist Miranda Devine, Bolanos is the president of his Upper West Side block association, a position he's held for almost a quarter-century.

Devine wrote that Bolanos "looked out for his neighbors during the pandemic. He dropped off masks and kept extra heaters in his rent-controlled apartment for seniors. He raised morale with a weekly street dance to show his support for essential workers."

"A Red Cross volunteer after the 9/11 attacks, the 69-year-old security consultant once received a police commendation for heroism after saving a woman from being mugged," Devine continued. "Unmarried, and caring for his 94-year-old mother, he was a well-loved character in the quiet residential area.

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"But now his neighbors think he is a domestic terrorist."

That's because one of them called the FBI on Bolanos and said he was bragging about taking part in the Capitol incursion.

According to Devine, Bolanos says that he avoids political discussions with his neighbors, but that he was a registered Democrat and “an independent at heart" who liked Trump's policies but wasn't a hardcore supporter of the now-former president. He was in block leadership in an area he said was filled with ultra-progressives and conservatives who knew well enough to keep their opinions to themselves.

Devine wrote that Bolanos traveled to Washington for Jan. 6 with a friend and said the day was cold and Trump's speech was boring, so they headed back to their hotel at about 12:40 p.m. It wasn't until 12:57 that the Capitol barriers were breached -- and Bolanos was back at his hotel.

"Bolanos has time stamps on photographs he took in the hotel to prove it," Devine wrote. "One inside the room was taken at 1:41 p.m. Another out the window of the street below was taken at 1:45 p.m. Another photo was taken at 2:04 p.m. inside a hotel elevator. He says that is when they decided to head back to the Capitol to see what had happened with the Electoral College count."

Video footage taken by Bolanos purportedly showed he was still walking down Pennsylvania Avenue when the Capitol itself was breached by people breaking windows at 2:12 p.m.

"They arrived at the rear of the Capitol at about 2:45 p.m. Unbeknownst to Bolanos, inside the building, Ashli Babbitt has just been shot," Devine wrote. "He and his friends stood on a patch of muddy lawn about 400 feet from the wall of the Capitol taking photos. The riot was all over."

“There was no hint of violence … If you were shooting a movie at that location, you would never know anything had happened," Bolanos told Devine.

The only sign he had that something was amiss were the people he could see scaling the walls of the Capitol: “But I couldn’t process it. I thought, 'why they are climbing it?'" he told Devine.

On the Sunday after the Capitol incursion, Bolanos told Devine, the FBI left him a message they wanted to talk to him about Jan. 6. He called back but they didn't get back in touch.