Wake Forest basketball assistant charged in deadly assault on NYC tourist
A Wake Forest assistant basketball coach turned himself into the New York City police Thursday to face an assault charge in connection with an altercation that resulted in the death of a Florida man, according to New York media reports.
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.
Wake Forest basketball spokesman Steve Kirkland emailed a statement to The News & Observer on Thursday night that said, “We have just been made aware of this matter and we are gathering information. We will make a further statement after we learn more about the matter.”
The Daily News and WPIX quoted police officials as saying that Jones punched 35-year-old Sandor Szabo, a Florida resident, in the head during an altercation in the Queens area of Long Island City last Sunday.
Szabo, who was left unconscious after the altercation, died on Tuesday.
According to the Associated Press, Jones was arraigned Thursday night on a misdemeanor assault charge and released. The Queens district attorney told the AP that Jones’ next court appearance is Oct. 2.
“This was a tragic accident, and Mr. Jones and his family send their deepest condolences and their thoughts and prayers to the Szabo family,” Alain Massena, Jones’ attorney, told the AP.
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. Prior to his college coaching stops, Jones also spent five years as an assistant coach for Nike Team Takeover, an AAU summer-league team.
Jones, 35, is a Philadelphia native who played college basketball at Arkansas Tech.
Wake Forest is coached by former NBA star Danny Manning.
Szabo’s LinkedIn page shows he studied project management business administration from 2005-09 at DeVry University’s Raleigh campus and received a Bachelor’s degree.