A South Buffalo man has been arrested and charged with one count of conveying a hoax after dropping three fake bombs at two locations in South Buffalo last week.
James Timpanaro, 54, of Richfield Avenue, was arrested Friday following the execution of a search warrant, Kennedy said, joined by representatives of the FBI, Buffalo Police Department and other law enforcement agencies.
On Friday, October 26, two devices designed to look like pipe bombs were found outside the Buffalo Police Department’s A District Station on South Park Avenue. Early the next day, another device was found at a United States Postal Service facility on South Park Avenue.
Timpanaro’s arrest comes one week after a Florida man was arrested for sending multiple bombs to high-ranking Democrats in addition to CNN.
“For anyone to engage in this sort of copycat behavior is simply unconscionable,” Kennedy said. “It will not be tolerated and they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
All three bombs consisted of metal tubing, similar to a broom handle cut to a specific length, filled with would-be shrapnel, wrapped in paper and with wires attached to appear to be bombs, Kennedy said. None of the bombs were active or would have been functional.
Kennedy reasserted that, to his knowledge, there is no danger of additional bombs in Buffalo.
“We believe we can agree that his intent was to instill fear and cause response from law enforcement,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Gary Loeffert. “The response has resulted in the filing of serious federal charges.”
Timpanaro is expected to appear in court by Saturday afternoon to face charges. If convicted, he could be sentenced to a maximum of five years in jail or a $250,000 fine.
Last year, Timpanaro was convicted of aggravated harassment charges after sending mail with threatening material to an individual and spent six months in prison.