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College coach arrested in punching death in Queens

11 August, 2018, 05:44 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Wake Forest Assistant Basketball Coach Jamill Jones Charged With Assaulting Man Who Later Died

Jones, 35, turned himself into police on Thursday and was charged with assault; he pleaded not guilty and was released on his own recognizance.

Police say Jamill Jones punched Sandor Szabo early Sunday after he mistook Jones for an Uber driver.

According to NBC New York, Szabo had knocked on Jones' auto window, mistaking the vehicle for his Uber ride.

Szabo apparently mistook the vehicle for an Uber that he had called.

According to Jones's bio at Wake Forest's sports website, he is a Philadelphia native who attended Arkansas Tech and began his basketball coaching career in Washington, D.C., with an AAU squad named Team Takeover.

Jones was released without bail following his Thursday night arraignment.


The parents of a Florida man who died after he was punched by an assistant basketball coach at Wake Forest University said Friday they don't accept the coach's condolences.

Szabo died of his injuries Tuesday. Authorities said that Jamill Jones punched Sandor Szabo on a Queens street, causing Szabo to fall and hit his head on the sidewalk, after which Jones left the scene. He said Jones is cooperating with the police investigation.

Jones was with his family after the court session, his attorney, Alain Massena, told the AP. He was ordered to return to court on October 2.

In a statement, Wake Forest said it would comment further once it gathers more information. He has also coached at UCF, VCU and Florida Gulf Coast.

Both the NY police and the Queens district attorney's office said Friday the case remained under investigation.

Szabo was "super outgoing, friendly, and an incredibly smart businessman", his digital marketing company, What If Media Group, wrote in a Facebook post. He was always upbeat, positive, kind and caring.

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