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Pipe bomb hoax suspect charged after fleeing hospital

Posted at 2:39 PM, Jan 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-29 14:50:37-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A federal grand jury has indicted a Buffalo man for causing a pipe bomb hoax.

54-year-old James Timpanaro was arraigned Tuesday in court on charges that carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Prosecutors say Timpanaro placed a device, which appeared to be a pipe bomb, outside of a post office building on South Park Avenue in October, 2018. One week later, Timpanaro was ordered by a judge to complete an inpatient psychiatric and alcohol evaluation at the Buffalo VA Medical Center.

Between January 26 and 27, 2019, prosecutors say Timpanaro left the facility. His alleged actions means he failed to comply with the judge's order to abide by all rules of the inpatient treatment program.