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Buffalo man pleads guilty to Police Department bomb hoax

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Posted at 10:27 PM, Aug 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-15 22:28:19-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — 55-year-old James Timpanaro of Buffalo pleaded guilty on Thursday for committing a bomb hoax in October of 2018.

Attorneys say Timpanaro placed apparent explosive devices near the front and back doors of the Buffalo Police Department station house on South Park Avenue. The next day, he was said to have placed another one of these devices near the front of the Post Office also on South Park. This one contained a note saying, "Resist communism, the police state and the Democratic Party."

All the devices had all the features of a homemade explosive-type bomb, but were later determined to be clear of any hazard.

FBI and Buffalo Police executed a search warrant for Timpanaro's home on Richfield Avenue. They found and seized materials consistent with fake bombs. Timpanaro was then arrested.

Timpanaro faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. His sentencing is scheduled for November 14, 2019.