Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

College coach arrested in punching death in Queens

College coach arrested in punching death in Queens

Wake Forest assistant basketball coach Jamill Jones has been charged with assaulting a tourist who later died in the hospital, according to a report from the New York Post.

Police arrested Jones, of Kernerville, North Carolina, on Thursday and charged him with third-degree assault. A third-degree assault charge is a misdemeanor in NY. Jones was released on his own recognizance and was ordered to return to court on October 2.

The two men got into a confrontation early Sunday in the borough of Queens, and Jones allegedly struck Szabo in the face, according to the New York Police Department. It has yet to be determined whether his punch caused Szabo's death.

Jamill Jones allegedly slugged Boca Raton marketing professional Sandor Szabo so hard on Sunday that he fell backward, hit his head on the concrete and lost consciousness.

A person familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press that Szabo may have been drunkenly knocking on auto windows before Jones allegedly confronted him.

When the man allegedly banged on Jones' vehicle, the second-year Wake Forest coach reportedly punched him.

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

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"We have just been made aware of this matter and we are gathering information", Wake Forrest said in a statement to USA TODAY Sports. His family says he was in NY for a wedding.

"It's an unfortunate and tragic incident", Jones' attorney, Alain Massena, told ESPN.

Jones is set to begin his second season on Danny Manning's Wake Forest staff after joining in the spring of 2017.

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