Jamill Jones, right, was charged with assault in connection with a deadly attack on tourist Sandor Szabo in New York City.
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An assistant men’s basketball coach at Wake Forest University has been arrested and charged with assault in connection with a deadly attack on a tourist in the New York city borough of Queens, police said Thursday.
Researchers say that Jamill Jones, 35, beat Sandor Szabo, also 35, in the head after a confrontation early Sunday. Szabo fell and hit his head on the pavement, knocking him unconscious. He was rushed to a local hospital, but died two days later.
According to the police, Jones fled the scene in a white SUV. It was not immediately clear what led to his arrest.
Jamill Jones is in his second season as an assistant coach under Danny Manning.
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The New York Post reported that Szabo, a resident of Boca Raton, Florida, was in New York for his stepsister’s wedding. Sources told the newspaper Szabo was drunk and banging on cars outside of his brother’s hotel, while looking for a ride that he had called. Jones reportedly beat Szabo after the victim was still on his car.
According to the Post, a medical examiner’s report will determine whether the punch led to Szabo’s death and the charges against Jones could be improved.
In a statement, Wake Forest athletic department said: “We have just been made aware of this issue and we are gathering information. We will make a further statement after we learn more about the case.”
According to his bio on the school’s athletics site, Jones is in his second season as assistant head coach Danny Manning. He held assistant coaching jobs at the University of Central Florida, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Florida Gulf Coast University.
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