Wake Forest assistant coach faces assault charges in man's death

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Wake Forest Assistant Basketball Coach Jamill Jones Charged With Assaulting Man Who Later Died

- The New York City Police Department on Thursday arrested a college basketball coach in connection with an assault in Queens early Sunday morning that ended in a Florida man's death.

Police arrested Jones, of Kernerville, North Carolina, on Thursday and charged him with third-degree assault.

Jones is accused of punching 35-year-old, Sandor Szabo, who is from Florida, and was in NY for a wedding in Long Island.

Szabo later died as a result of his injuries at a NY hospital.

Jones emerged from his SUV and punched Szabo, who fell to the ground, hit his head and later died at a local hospital, according to police and court documents. Jones fled the scene inside a white SUV, according to the police report.

Wake Forest University assistant coach Jamill Jones attacked digital marketing guru Sandor Szabo around 1:15 a.m. last Sunday in Queens, causing him to fall and smash his head on the sidewalk, police said. He was ordered to return to court on October 2.

Szabo, who lived in Boca Raton with his brother, always had a bright smile and shared a love of fishing, cooking and family, the company said. The coach's next court appearance is scheduled for October 2, the Queens District Attorney's office said.

"It's an unfortunate and tragic incident", Jones' attorney, Alain Massena, told ESPN.

He also spent time as an assistant coach at UCF, VCU and Florida Gulf Coast going back to 2013.

His family said the marketing professional was leaving the hotel where his brother was staying and called for a vehicle to go back to his own hotel.

Wake Forest has not responded to the Daily News' request for comment.

"His lovely spirit and his love of life will remain with us", the company said.

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