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Oceanside Man Accused Of Purposely Torching Bar With People Inside

Police: Alec Sapounas Threw Accelerant Toward Rear Of Phat Daddy's Pub
Alec Sapounas (Nassau PD)

Alec Sapounas (Nassau PD)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Long Island man has been arrested for throwing an accelerant toward the back of an Oceanside bar with patrons inside.

At around 8 p.m. on Sept. 17, Alec Sapounas,  60, of Oceanside, threw an accelerant from a container towards the rear of Phat Daddy’s Pub on Anchor Avenue, police said.

The back door of the bar was open and Sapounas knew there were roughly 12 people inside, police said. He proceeded to ignite the accelerant causing a large fire in the rear of the bar, police said.

No one was injured in the incident.

Sapounas was arrested on Sept. 26 and charged with second-degree arson and first-degree reckless endangerment.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Friday at First District Court in Hempstead.

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