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College hoops coach threw punch killing NYC tourist

10 August, 2018, 10:38 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • Jamill Jones right was charged with assault in connection with a deadly attack on tourist Sandor Szabo in New York City

This photo from 2017 shows Wake Forest assistant coach Jamill Jones, second from left, with the team and head coach Danny Manning, second from right, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Winston-Salem, N.C. Police say Jones threw a punch that killed a New York City tourist who knocked on his vehicle window thinking it was his Uber ride.

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.

Police said 35-year-old Sandor Szabo was punched in the face Sunday on 29th Street near 41st Avenue in Long Island City, Queens.

Szabo was banging on multiple cars including Jones' prior to the incident, sources said.

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Wake Forest University said Thursday night that they had just learned of Jones' arrest and would release a statement at a later time.

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. He was placed on life support and later died. His family has said he was looking for his ride.

The New York Daily News reported that Jones faces misdemeanor assault charges. "We will make a further statement after we learn more about the matter".

According to Jones' biography page on the Wake Forest website, he coached college basketball at Central Florida, Florida Gulf Coast and Virginia Commonwealth before coming to Wake Forest. The Philadelphia native is a 2008 graduate of Arkansas Tech. "We are going to miss him dearly".

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