Oceanside Man Torched Bar With 12 Inside, Cops Say

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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