Alec Sapounas, 60, of Anchor Avenue, was arraigned Sept. 27 on second-degree attempted arson and first-degree reckless endangerment charges. He was ordered held on $37,500 bail or $75,000 bond.
Investigators allege Sapounas set fire to Phat Daddy’s Bar located at 3116 South Long Beach Road in Oceanside. In a news release, police said Sapounas was at the bar Tuesday night and allegedly threw “an accelerant” from a container towards the back of the tavern. Officials said the rear door of the bar was open at the time.
According to arson detectives, Sapounas knew there were 12 people inside when he allegedly set the accelerant ablaze. The ignition caused “a large fire” in the rear of the bar, cops said. No injuries were reported.
Detectives tracked down Sapounas on Thursday and found him at an industrial facility on Hampton Road in Oceanside. He was arrested without incident.
Sapounas is due back in court on Oct. 1.