College Basketball Coach Arrested In Deadly Attack On Tourist

Basketball coach faces charges in man's death

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

A rising star in college basketball's coaching ranks threw a punch that led to the death of a New York City tourist who apparently mistook him for an Uber driver, police said on Thursday.

Police arrested Jones, of Kernerville, North Carolina, on Thursday and charged him with third-degree assault.

Jamill Jones, 35, confronted Sandor Szabo, 35, for banging on cars at about 1:15 a.m. near 41-10 29th Street in Long Island City, the New York Post reported, citing sources.

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

Jones punched the victim after he knocked on the window of Jones' auto. Jones fled the scene inside a white SUV, according to the police report.

Wake Forest University tweeted a statement Thursday, saying, "We have just been made aware of this matter and we are gathering information". Jones was released on his own recognizance and was ordered to return to court on October 2.

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Szabo, a 35-year-old man from Boca Raton, Fla., was in town for a wedding.

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

Head coach Danny Manning said at the time that Jones was a "well-respected bright mind" in the coaching world and brought "new blood" and "new perspectives" to Wake Forest.

Wake Forest had no immediate comment, the AP reported.

Jones, a Philadelphia native, previously coached at Central Florida, Virginia Commonwealth and Florida Gulf Coast. "He was a really good person". Szabo's brother said he thought Szabo may have mistaken an SUV for a cab, according to the New York Daily News.

"His lovely spirit and his love of life will remain with us", the company said in the Facebook post.

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