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Buffalo man charged in pipe bomb hoax captured after hospital escape

Posted at 12:09 PM, Jan 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-27 18:38:23-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Buffalo man who was arrested and charged with making fake pipe bombs and placing them at the Buffalo Police Station and the United States Post Office on South Park Avenue in South Buffalo escaped the VA Medical Center Sunday.

The U.S Attorney's Office has confirmed to 7 Eyewitness News that 54-year-old James Timpanaro has been captured.

U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy says the U.S Marshal Fugitive Task Force brought Timpanaro into custody on Dodge Street around 3 p.m. Sunday.

The fugitive task force acted unbelievably quickly in apprehending the defendant and members are to be commended for their efforts in locating the defendant
U.S. Attorney's Office

A spokesperson from the VA medical Center provided a statement to 7EWN early Sunday afternoon:

To protect patient privacy, we are unable to confirm or deny if a Veteran is receiving care at VA. In general, we work with local law enforcement in accordance with federal and state regulations. We are unable to hold a person against his/her will unless the person is involuntarily admitted for psychiatric assessment and treatment. Any other course of care, is on a voluntary basis
VA Medical Center Spokesperson