Wake Forest coach could face murder charges in tourist attack


Former UCF assistant coach Jamil Jones was arrested and charged with assault after punching a man in New York City who later died.

Jones is accused of punching Sabor Szabo after Szabo knocked on the window of Jones' auto last Sunday in Long Island City.

Jones turned himself over to police on Thursday and has since faced court charged with assault. He allegedly punched Sandor Szabo in the face, knocking him to the pavement, after Szabo knocked on the window of Jones' SUV early Sunday. Szabo's brother said he thought Szabo may have mistaken an SUV for a cab, according to the New York Daily News.

As an assistant coach at Wake Forest, Jones joined the staff in May 2017.

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Wake Forest University tweeted a statement Thursday, saying, "We have just been made aware of this matter and we are gathering information".

An eyewitness said Szabo was banging on cars and slammed down on Jones' vehicle before the confrontation, the official said. Massena said the encounter between Jones and Szabo was "a tragic accident and we will deal with it in the courts". The head of the victim, Sandor Szabo, "hit the pavement when he fell back and he lost consciousness", NY police said in a statement to USA TODAY Sports.

A spokesman says Wake Forest has no immediate comment on the 35-year-old Jones' arrest.

"He was always upbeat, positive, kind and caring", the post read. "We are going to miss him dearly". Szabo never regained consciousness and was taken off life support Tuesday. The incident came after Szabo punched a resident who came outside amid the ruckus, according to The Post, which led Jones to act. He began moving through the college ranks in 2013 at Florida Gulf Coast, before stints at VCU and Central Florida.