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Man who sparked Queen City bomb hoax back in custody

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Posted at 11:12 AM, Feb 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-27 11:13:54-05

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Buffalo man who admitted to planting fake pipe bombs across the Queen City is back in custody.

On Thursday, the U.S. Marshals Service announced the arrest of 55-year-old James Timpanaro after authorities say he escaped from a halfway house.

According to the Marshals Service, Timpanaro was taken into custody Thursday morning by the Livingston County Sheriff's Office at the Rodeway Inn in Lakeville, NY. Officials credit the arrest on a tip they received based on new media coverage.

It was back in October of 2018 when 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 placed another one of these devices near the front of the Post Office also on South Park. This particular device contained a note saying, "Resist communism, the police state and the Democratic Party."

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

Timpanaro is set to be arraigned at U.S. District Court in Rochester.