Wake Forest assistant basketball coach charged with assaulting tourist


Men's Assistant Basketball Coach has been charged after punching a man who later died, according to CBS.

Jones allegedly punched the late tourist, identified as Sandor Szabo, early Sunday after he was being disruptive and banging on cars in Long Island City. He turned himself into authorities on Thursday and has plead not guilty to the charge.

The New York Post, which first reported Jones' arrest, reported that Szabo punched somebody before Jones' alleged assault.

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

He now coaches at Wake Forest University.

Szabo, who was left unconscious after the altercation, died on Tuesday.

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A person familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press that Szabo may have been drunkenly knocking on vehicle windows before Jones allegedly confronted him. He was ordered to return to court on October 2.

Szabo fell back, hit his head on the pavement and lost consciousness, according to police.

Szabo, also 35, was "super outgoing, friendly, and an incredibly smart businessman", said his company, at What If Media Group, based in Fort Lee, New Jersey.

"The court made the proper ruling with the charges, and the District Attorney's office made the proper ruling with the charges", the statement read, per the Post. He was fun to be with, interesting, and always interested.

It was not immediately clear why Jones, of Kernersville, North Carolina, and Szabo were in Queens, or whether the two men knew each other before the fight.

[Sandor's] family and friends are overwhelmed, but not surprised, by the outpouring of love and support from the many people whose lives he touched; he did not know a stranger.