Patrons In Holbrook Bar Stop Would-Be Armed Robber

Police say man went behind bar and threatened female bartender with knife.

An alleged armed robber got more than he bargained for when he attempted to rob a Holbrook bar at knife point last night.

According to police, Joseph Spevak, 32, of Holbrook entered the Backporch Bar on Grundy Avenue in Holbrook wearing a mask at around midnight on Sunday. At the time the bar had been occupied with about 15 patrons.

Police say Spevak went behind the bar and threatened a female employee with a knife, demanding money. The woman complied with his demand but managed to signal a fellow employee that she was being robbed.

The man tried to escape with the money but was stopped and held by the bar's owner and several patrons until police officers from the fifth precinct arrived.

When police took Spevak into custody they reportedly found three knives on his person and several hundred dollars in cash from the robbery attempt.

Spevak, who lives on Coates Avenue in Holbrook, is being charged with first-degree robbery. He'll be arraigned today at First District Court in Central Islip.  



Rom taynor March 12, 2013 at 12:47 AM
To compare holbook with ronkonkoma is an insult to all the people who either grew up or now reside in holbrook. Most not all of Ronkonkoma has been a dump for 20 years. Holbrook is still a great town. just like any town though a few trashy drug addicts that live in there parents basements with no jobs or in this case a true genious with access to a ski mask and a steak knife can label an entire blue collar hard working community into "crackheads and thieves" was it DEE?? Go check out east patch and central islip or even better brentwood!! They are beautiful this time of year.
jackie Coope March 14, 2013 at 04:16 PM
Both towns have had their fair share of dumping along with the 15 other towns that surround the area. To say one is better than the other..mmmm...let's be nice, we all live in the same COMMUNITY.
Jen Jones March 15, 2013 at 01:53 AM
This is one school district, can we not be so divisive? Also, addictions occur in all types of environments and income levels. Our district is primarily full of good, hardworking families. And even good, hardworking families can have family members who go awry. I'm glad this guy was stopped. But let's not post ignorant comments about our neighbors - it is counterproductive.
Kim March 18, 2013 at 06:21 PM
Uh Rom...do you have older teens? Are you not aware of the HUGE drug problem that affects not only Ronkonkoma, and Farmingville, but (gasp) Holbrook too? Also a ton of other towns in Long Island? I know, it must feel sooooooo degrading to be associated with the likes of those "dump." News flash...there are drug addicts in Holbrook!! Not a few. A LOT! So take your high horse and gallop off to Oyster Bay Cove or Plandome Village if you really want to impress someone.
T Bone March 31, 2013 at 08:19 PM
You go Jen jones. Thank god someone has a voice of reason:0) I live in ronkonkoma & it's great. I've been here for 5 years n no complaints. If you look hard enough you'll find individuals who struggle w/ addictions, white trash or even an abandoned shopping cart w/ no supermarkets nearby. The back porch is a solid bar that has cold Guinness, decent babes and hospitable bartenders. Tooshay to the patrons who stopped this dirtbag.


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