Alec Sapounas
Alec Sapounas

A 60-year-old man has been accused of trying to firebomb a bar with a dozen people inside near his Oceanside home last week.

Nassau County police Thursday arrested Alec Sapounas on charges of attempted arson and reckless endangerment.

Arson/Bomb Squad detectives alleged Sapounas threw an accelerant from a container toward the open rear door of Phat Daddy’s bar on Long Beach Road and then ignited it, causing a large fire at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17.

Twelve people were in the bar at the time. None were injured.

A police spokeswoman said the patrons smelled gasoline, but the motive for the alleged arson was unclear.

Sapounas will be arraigned Friday at First District Court in Hempstead.


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Timothy Bolger is the Managing Editor for the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.