WF coach charged with assault in connection to death

Jose Verdugo
Agosto 10, 2018

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

Jones, 35, of Kernersville, North Carolina, turned himself in to police on Thursday, accompanied by a lawyer.

Jones allegedly punched the late tourist, identified as Sabor Szabo, early Sunday after he was being disruptive and banging on cars in Long Island City.

Szabo later died as a result of his injuries at a NY hospital. Police say Szabo, visiting from Boca Raton, Florida, banged on the window of Jones' SUV while looking for his ride after his stepsister's wedding. Jones then got out and punched him in the face before fleeing the scene.

The Wake Forest Athletic Department released a statement that said: "We have just been made aware of this matter and we are gathering information". He was ordered to return to court on October 2. Szabo's brother said he thought Szabo may have mistaken an SUV for a cab, according to the New York Daily News.

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The investigation is ongoing, and charges against Jones could be upgraded, police said.

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.

Jamill Jones, during a November 28, 2017, Wake Forest game.

Szabo, also 35, was "super outgoing, friendly, and an incredibly smart businessman", said his company, at What If Media Group, based in Fort Lee, New Jersey. His family says he was visiting NY from Boca Raton for a wedding. "He was fun to be with, interesting, and always interested". "We are going to miss him dearly".

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