Wake Forest assistant basketball coach charged with assaulting tourist

Wake Forest Assistant Basketball Coach Jamill Jones Charged With Assaulting Man Who Later Died

A Florida tourist died in NY after he was punched by a man he probably thought was an Uber driver, his family said.

Authorities say Jones punched 35-year-old Sabor Szabo in the face early Sunday morning in Queens after the tourist banged on Jones' vehicle.

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.

Wake Forest assistant coach Jamill Jones attacked Sandor Szabo around 1:15 a.m. Sunday in Queens, causing him to fall and hit his head on the sidewalk, police said.

The family said Szabo was waiting on a ride to take him to the hotel and was knocking on auto windows.

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Jones was on Will Wade's staff during the 2015-2016 season before leaving for an assistant coaching job at Central Florida.

He's said to be "a rising college basketball coaching star" at Wake Forest University.

Szabo, of Boca Raton, was hospitalized in critical condition and died two days later, according to his employer in Florida. Massena said the encounter between Jones and Szabo was "a tragic accident and we will deal with it in the courts".

A person familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press that Szabo may have been drunkenly knocking on vehicle windows before Jones allegedly confronted him. The blow was so hard, Szabo fell backwards, hitting his head on the concrete. He was taken off life support Tuesday afternoon. We're going to say one thing and that's all.

"The court made the proper ruling with the charges, and the District Attorney's office made the proper ruling with the charges", the statement read, per the Post. The incident came after Szabo punched a resident who came outside amid the ruckus, according to The Post, which led Jones to act. He was fun to be with, interesting, and always interested.

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