Wake Forest University basketball coach charged in death of NYC tourist

Basketball coach faces charges in man's death

Wake Forest assistant basketball coach Jamill Jones has reportedly pleaded not guilty to assault charges, according to The Denver Post.

The Daily News and WPIX quoted police officials as saying that Jones punched 35-year-old Sandor Szabo, a Florida resident, in the head during an altercation in the Queens area of Long Island City last Sunday.

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

Szabo reportedly knocked on Jones's auto window outside of a hotel in Long Island City around 1:00am, after mistakenly thinking it was his Uber ride.

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

Jones spent one season with the Knights and now is an assistant coach at Wake Forest.

Wake Forest said in a statement that it would comment further once it gathered more information.

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After banging on multiple cars in front of 41-10 29th St., a nearby person heard the commotion and went to confront Szabo, sources said.

Jones was released without bail following his Thursday night arraignment.

Szabo, who's from Boca Raton, fell to the ground and hit his head on the sidewalk.

Sandor Szabo died on Tuesday. He said Jones is cooperating with the police investigation.

"This was a tragic accident, and Mr. Jones and his family send their deepest condolences and their thoughts and prayers to the Szabo family", Massena said. He began moving through the college ranks in 2013 at Florida Gulf Coast, before stints at VCU and Central Florida. "We are going to miss him dearly".

"He was always upbeat, positive, kind and caring", the company said in a Facebook post.

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