Wake Forest University basketball coach charged in death of NYC tourist


Wake Forest basketball coach Jamill Jones sent his condolences to the family of a tourist who died after Jones allegedly slugged him in the head during a dispute in Long Island City. He was arrested Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, and charged with assault.

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. He was arraigned today on a misdemeanor assault charge and released on his own recognizance after entering his plea.

"We have just been made aware of this matter and we are gathering information", a Wake Forest spokesman said. "We will make a further statement after we learn more about the matter".

Early Sunday morning in Queens, Sandor Szabo, 35, of Boca Raton, Florida, banged on the window of Jones' vehicle because he thought Jones was his Uber driver, authorities said. Szabo, who was intoxicated at the time, hit his head on the pavement after the blow. He was treated for fractures to the left side of his face and the rear of his skull, along with bleeding of the brain.

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Police say Jones confronted Sandor Szabo on a Queens street around 1:15 a.m. Sunday. He was taken off life support Tuesday afternoon.

According to the New York Post, the charges could be upgraded. His family says he was visiting NY from Boca Raton for a wedding.

According to Jones's bio at Wake Forest's sports website, he is a Philadelphia native who attended Arkansas Tech and began his basketball coaching career in Washington, D.C., with an AAU squad named Team Takeover.

"We're going to say one thing and that's all".