Wake Forest assistant basketball coach charged with assaulting tourist

Heather Diaz
August 10, 2018

Police charged a Wake Forest assistant basketball coach Thursday with assault in connection with an incident Sunday that resulted in the death of a man in NY.

The New York Daily News and television station WPIX reported that Jamill Jones, a Wake coach since May 2017, was placed under arrest Thursday in Queens, N.Y., after he surrendered to police with his lawyer by his side.

Authorities said that Jamill Jones punched Sandor Szabo on a Queens street, causing Szabo to fall and hit his head on the sidewalk, after which Jones left the scene.

Szabo later died as a result of his injuries at a NY hospital.

Jones allegedly punched Sabor Szabo in the face at 1:15 a.m. ET on Sunday morning after a confrontation.

The coach got out, followed Szabo to the sidewalk, clocked him and sped off, police said.

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"We have just been made aware of this matter and we are gathering information", Wake Forest said in a statement released Thursday evening. His family says he was visiting NY from Boca Raton for a wedding. Jones was released on his own recognizance and was ordered to return to court on October 2. His attorney calls the encounter a "tragic accident".

Wake Forest is coached by former National Basketball Association star Danny Manning.

A spokesman says Wake Forest has no immediate comment on the 35-year-old Jones' arrest.

Jones joined the Wake Forest basketball program in May 2017, according to the team's website.

Szabo was "super outgoing, friendly, and an incredibly smart businessman", his digital marketing company, What If Media Group, wrote in a Facebook post. "He was a really good person". "We are going to miss him dearly".

His family said the marketing professional was leaving the hotel where his brother was staying and called for a vehicle to go back to his own hotel.

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