Wake Forest coach could face murder charges in tourist attack

Wake Forest coach could face murder charges in tourist attack

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. He allegedly punched Sandor Szabo in the face, knocking him to the pavement, after Szabo knocked on the window of Jones' SUV early Sunday.

Detectives told ABC New York station WABC-TV that Szabo had just left a family wedding, possibly while intoxicated, and was walking around banging on cars until he then pounded on Jones' SUV.

Wake Forest basketball assistant coach Jamil Jones. The incident came after Szabo punched a resident who came outside amid the ruckus, according to The Post, which led Jones to act. Szabo was taken to the hospital in critical condition before passing away. The coach then got out of his vehicle and allegedly punched the man, after which Jones fled the scene. Jones was arrested Thursday and charged with assault.

A third-degree assault charge is common for those involved in bar fights under NY law. They say the punch caused Szabo to fall and hit his head on a sidewalk. Out of respect for the Szabo family and the integrity of the ongoing investigation, the Jones family requests privacy moving forward in this matter. The Jones family sends their deepest condolences and sympathies to the Szabo family.

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In a statement, Wake Forest said the school would comment further once it gathered more information.

Jones joined the Demon Deacons staff last May after previous jobs at UCF, VCU and Florida Gulf Coast. "We are going to miss him dearly".

"He was always upbeat, positive, kind and caring", the post read.

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