College Basketball Coach Arrested In Deadly Attack On Tourist

  • College Basketball Coach Arrested In Deadly Attack On Tourist

College Basketball Coach Arrested In Deadly Attack On Tourist

Jamill Jones, 35, of Kernerville, North Carolina, was arrested Thursday and charged with third-degree assault.

A rising star in college basketball's coaching ranks threw a punch that led to the death of a New York City tourist who apparently mistook him for an Uber driver, police said on Thursday.

The New York Daily News and television station WPIX reported that Jamill Jones, a Wake coach since May 2017, was placed under arrest Thursday in Queens, N.Y., after he surrendered to police with his lawyer by his side.

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 lost consciousness when his head hit the pavement, and he was brought to an area hospital in critical condition. He was arraigned today on a misdemeanor assault charge and released on his own recognizance after entering his plea. His family has said he was looking for his ride.

Police say Jones confronted Sandor Szabo on a Queens street around 1:15 a.m. Sunday. "We won't be making any further comments". He was taken off life support Tuesday afternoon.

Jones, a Philadelphia native, previously coached at Virginia Commonwealth and Florida Gulf Coast.

Jones is set to begin his second season on Danny Manning's Wake Forest staff after joining in the spring of 2017. Jones started his coaching career as an assistant coach with the Team Takeover AAU program after graduating from Arkansas Tech in 2008.

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. "We are going to miss him dearly".