Buffalo bomb hoaxer accused of escaping from Rochester halfway house tracked down

Livingston County

LAKEVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB and WROC) — A Buffalo man convicted of planting fake bombs outside of a South Buffalo police station and post office has been caught after allegedly escaping from a halfway house.

James Timpanaro was taken into custody Thursday morning at a hotel in Lakeville, Livingston County, which is south of Rochester.

“A tip came in this morning that he may be located at the Rodeway Inn in Lakeville,” said Jenelle Yaeger, a spokesperson for the U.S. Marshals.

Livingston County Sheriff’s Deputies responded and took Timpanaro into custody without incident, Yaeger said.

Officials say Timpanaro walked away from a halfway house in Rochester on Feb. 16. A warrant for his arrest was issued three days later. It’s not the first time authorities reported they had to track Timpanaro down. The marshals also found him in January 2019, after he was said to have slipped out of custody at Buffalo’s V.A. Hospital.

Timpanaro was first arrested in connection with the bombing hoax in Fall 2018. He pleaded guilty in August 2019, and was sentenced to time served and three months in the halfway house. A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s office said they’ve now filed a violation of supervised release against him.

Timpanaro is scheduled to appear in a Rochester courtroom on Friday morning.

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