WFU Assistant Basketball Coach Accused of Punching, Killing NYC Tourist

Wake Forest basketball coach charged in deadly Queens attack on tourist

Jones turned himself over to police on Thursday and has since faced court charged with assault.

Police arrested a college basketball coach Thursday after a Florida tourist, in Queens for his stepsister's wedding, died after a punch to the face.

Sandor Szabo, 35, died on Tuesday after being taken off life support, his family told the New York Daily News.

The family said Szabo was waiting on a ride to take him to the hotel and was knocking on vehicle windows. Szabo had been treated for fractures to the left side of his face and the back of his head, and for bleeding on the brain, according to the complaint filed against Jones.

Wake Forest University assistant coach Jamill Jones was arraigned Thursday night on a misdemeanor assault charge and released on his own recognizance.

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




The man fell to the pavement and hit his head.

His lawyer, Alain Massena, described the incident as a "tragic accident". "We simply hope that the public gives Mr. Jones an opportunity to litigate this matter in the court and not in the press".

Jones joined the Demon Deacons staff last May after previous jobs at UCF, VCU and Florida Gulf Coast. Szabo's brother said he thought Szabo may have mistaken an SUV for a cab, according to the New York Daily News. The Philadelphia native graduated from Arkansas Tech in 2008.

"Sandor was a super outgoing, friendly, and incredibly smart businessman", his employer said.

"He was always upbeat, positive, kind and caring", the post read.

"His handsome spirit and his love of life will remain with us", the company said.

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