Holbrook Man Stabbed to Death Outside Local Bar

Homicide detectives investigating incident outside Momo's Bar & Grill that killed 29-year-old.

Suffolk County homicide detectives are investigating the stabbing death of a 29-year-old man from Holbrook after a fight broke out in front of Momo's Bar & Grill early this morning.

According to a release, cops responded to a call shortly after midnight that multiple people were fighting in front of the bar, located on Union Avenue in Holbrook. When they got to the scene, two people were injured, including Julian Pena, 29, who was suffering from stab wounds.

Pena was rushed to Stony Brook University Medical Center where he died from his injuries. The second victim was also treated at Stony Brook and later released.

Detectives are asking anyone with information to contact the Homicide Squad at (631) 852-6392 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.

Pazi Steklo September 26, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Geez, even way back when, when this was an A&P strip mall/plaza back in the 80's, there was always trouble brewing in the parking lot. I remember it used to be a place to meet, pick up drugs and start fights. I see nothing has changed. Oh by the way, this plaza used to be the Holbrook LIRR Station, way back when for any history buffs out there...
Ally September 26, 2012 at 08:50 PM
If everyone can find five minutes of their time, it would be helpful to Greg and all of momos if you to go on channel 12 news and blog some positive feedback about the bar. They are all devasted about the unfortunate incident, and sadly people are spreading rumors and speaking poorly about their establishment. Maybe you can describe an experience you have had at one of their fundraisers or charity events...and please send this message on. Thank you so much for your time.
getreal September 26, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Not saying the victim was in a gang... the people who stabbed him... It is a shame that a life was lost. Thank you for sharing more information about him. My heart goes out to his family.
Russ September 26, 2012 at 09:10 PM
I really wish Medford / Patch would retract & correct their headline!!! This crime was NOT AT MOMO's. It occured in a shopping center parking lot shared by numerous other businesses as well. Why aren't these other establishments singled out. From what i understand this poor victim was a patron going to his car in the parking lot of said shopping center.
S September 26, 2012 at 09:21 PM
@ CB i agree this is a senseless tragedy. May god bless this family during this horrific time. The argument is how the media is misleading and possibly detrimental to an honest business. Its adding insult to injury. A suspect has been arrested
Jacinto Salinas September 26, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Very sad to known this person is dead he was my son's friend, after coming back from the navy he start studing engineering. My son and other ones with engineering degrees were helping him. Was a very nice person who was dedicated taking care os wife and son. Today at noon my son gave the bad news and said: history repeat, he lost his father when he was a child. He was very friendly and once he was at Brentwood ambulace as a voluntary, we will misss him. On the other hand what is said about the Bar are irrelevante opinions, whatever there is alcohol comsumption always there is a risk to cause incidents. That place have to have camaras installed all around and beyond, that way we will have a record. This crime have to be cleared.
Matthew McGevna (Editor) September 26, 2012 at 09:41 PM
At this point in time, NO SUSPECT has been arrested, at least according to Suffolk Police. Sachem Patch spoke with the owner of Momo's and we will have more on that conversation later. He told Patch that he does not have video surveillance cameras on the premises. He also said the victim was in fact a patron in his bar, but the suspect(s) were NOT. Again, we'll have more on this tomorrow morning.
S September 26, 2012 at 09:42 PM
There are cameras there has been an arrest. The alcohol consumption of the assailant in relation to the bar is Irrelevant because he wasn't drinking there. He is a hideous poor excuse for a person who has taken the life of a father, a man who risked his life for our country and an overall good person.
Mike September 26, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Getreal, "Probably gang related...who else carries knives around with them??" ...ALOT more people carry knives than you think. Obviously not for a reason like that, but for utility purpose, etc. I wouldn't automatically say it is "probably gang related" if you don't have at least one reason to support that.
Keith Lewis September 26, 2012 at 11:01 PM
We all gotta remember that this didn't happen at Momo's Bar. It is absolutey unfortunate for what happened but there should be no hard feelings about the bar. I go there regularly and not once have I ever had a problem. I love the place. Good people, good food and good fun. You also have to remember to tip your hat to the bouncers at the bar that would not allow the suspects in as they were already drunk from drinking in the parking lot and causing a scene out there. My condolences go out to the victims family and friends. These senseless acts of crime need to stop and people need to realize that a persons life is worth something. Now I'm going to keep on going to Momo's as I do and a crime that happened in the parking lot where they are established, as well as many other stores and restaurants, will not stop me or most other people from going there too.
Diane P. Giaquinto September 26, 2012 at 11:14 PM
MoMo's is a respectable establishment right around the corner from where I live. My adult children and their friends go there. The people who run this bar are wonderful, and they do not serve people who get there when they are drunk, as this criminal was. Please do not make comments if you don't know what you are talking about or if you have never been there!
anonoymous666 September 26, 2012 at 11:38 PM
It is now 730 PM the story above was posted at 11 over 8 hours ago for those residents travelling can we get an update rather than inuendo and rumors
Matthew McGevna (Editor) September 27, 2012 at 12:18 AM
We're chasing down some leads, but so far Suffolk Police are not confirming that anyone is in custody for this crime. I have spoken to the owner of Momo's and will have something on that conversation in the morning.
LF September 27, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Really people. This is someones son, father, husband, grandson. Let the family grieve and enough with judgements when you don't have facts. This is horrible, it could happen any where. They were in parking lot obviously looking for trouble, someone could of came out of any store there and been attacked. Let it go and let the family grieve.
jiovany September 27, 2012 at 01:23 AM
that was my older brother none of u know how this feels right now for my family so shut your mouths and let it go !!!
Larry McKenna September 27, 2012 at 01:44 AM
God Bless the victims family, this was a tradegy for all of us.
Leo Lehman Jr. September 27, 2012 at 01:53 AM
1st off, convincing me that you knew Julian is not going to change my opinion on what I said.. 2nd off, where is the comment where I said he deserved to die?????? I never wrote a comment like that, yet you resort to verbally attacking me by lacking maturity and dropping expletives.. 3rd Off, don't get Upset that I did not say the words you wanted to hear!!! I am entitled to my own opinions, in this case my opinion did not cross any lines unlike the threats & expletives you aimed towards me in your comment
Brianna September 27, 2012 at 02:58 AM
EXCEPT that the owner himself said, they were refused entrance because they were visibly intoxicated, so allowing them to sit in your parking lot, while drinking and harassing your patrons is unlawful and unacceptable. The security that refused their entrance could've taken action and called the police and none of this would've happened.
lilly anne September 27, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Although it was commendable the bouncers denied them entry into Momos, the fact that they knew they were drinking in the parking lot and up to no good and did not call the police immediately shows all they were interested in was keeping them out of their establishment. What about the safety of the patrons going to or leaving Momos? Isn't that equally important? Calling the police after the fact wasn't any help.
Rafael Marrero September 27, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Jiovany... My condolences... But you should not be here reading opinions. There are allot of opinions that you will not like. It's time to heal and move on from the ignorance.
getreal September 27, 2012 at 02:49 PM
See it was gang related...Again, my prayers go out to the victim's family. http://sachem.patch.com/articles/police-arrest-farmingville-man-on-murder-charge-in-fatal-stabbing
MAC September 27, 2012 at 03:31 PM
I unfortunately know these suspects Blaze and Leo because they have been harassing my son and his friends for the past 3 years. We have made countless police reports and the police did absolutely NOTHING!!! We have stated how dangerous they were and still nothing, so had the police did their jobs and arrested them within the last 3 months of terrorizing me and my family and other families, Julian Pena would be alive today!!!!
sachem September 27, 2012 at 06:59 PM
gang assault just refers to more then one person involved in the assault on another person. Not neccesarily an organized gang. This is the SACHEM community in the suburbs. No gangs are here or from around here. Just punks who like to cause trouble and act like "gangsters".
scarlett1 September 28, 2012 at 12:12 AM
could not have said it better myself..i have lived here since the early 80's and was able to walk around freely without the trash that has now entered our town. i wont allow my children the same freedoms. there are more bars and crap holes in holbrook than anything else. very discouraged ...
barbara September 28, 2012 at 12:14 AM
The saddest part of all of this is the victim, his wife and son. They are the ones who will suffer. The stories on here will do nothing to help them. From what I read, the boy who took this mans life so easily, was a troubled person from way back. I cringed when I read that he had bullied so many of Sachems students in school and continued after too. How dare the police who were notified on many occasions and the school system allow someone like that, who terrorized his contemporarys daily and made their life a living hell to remain in school and act as if he was justified in his actions. Was it because of his mothers title. Let this be a learning lesson to everyone who knows someone as troubled as this boy: its time for schools, police and parents to take action against bullies. Sacrificing a bullies rights over the victim should not be the norm. Never should this person have been allowed to hurt, spit on, or bully anyone, in school. Shame on Sachem, the police and yes, his parents for allowing him to get away with this behavior. He should have been sent for help right at the point where he first started this behavior. I love my children dearly, but if one of them ever threatned someone else with violence I would sacrifce them before I would have let them hurt someone else. Maybe out of all of this, the owners of MOMO's will hold a benefit to raise money for the wife and son. I know I would go.
Lisa September 28, 2012 at 02:58 AM
First of all I like to send my prayers to the victims family. As for the 19 yr. old boy who took such a wonderful life away from many there are no words. But I will say in same cases you could blame the parents but not in this one Blaze has a very loving mother who gave and gives her all to all of her children she exhausted every avenue she could to help her son sometimes when a child is on a path of destruction all the love money and help just doesn't matter the kid will do what he wants and this is one of those cases. So let's not bash the mother it's not her fault by any means my prayers also go out to her and her family !
enb1016 September 29, 2012 at 02:20 AM
i know how you feel..I too have filed police reports on leo and blaise over the last 3 months and nothing was done..I talked to both 5th and 6th precinct detectives and told them that if they didnt pick these 2 up, something really bad was going to happen..so sad because this should of never happened if the SCPD would of took it seriously
MRM September 30, 2012 at 06:24 AM
there are so many violent...screwed up young drug users in this area it is incredible to me that they are still walking the streets terrorizing and tormenting people...I can name quite a few of these young violent disgraceful people.....why are they walking the streets....why aren't they being placed where they belong?....why when they do get arrested are they let out so quickly only to do more damage?.....both holbrook and ronkonkoma have become dangerous places....
Audrey September 30, 2012 at 07:58 AM
I was going to participate in Halloween this year after pretending not to be home for the past five, but, after reading your post, MRM, and about stuff like this incident going on, I don't think I'll be answering my door for strangers after all!
Chef Giovanni October 01, 2012 at 03:01 AM
"Saying that the fight happened "in front of Momos" implies that this brawl started at Momos" That's exactly what I thought!


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