Wake Forest coach could face murder charges in tourist attack

Wake Forest assistant Jamill Jones has been charged with assault More

The alleged puncher has now been identified as Wake Forest University assistant basketball coach Jamill Jones, who has been arraigned on a misdemeanor assault charge.

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.

Jamill Jones has turned himself into New York City Police.

Jones allegedly stepped out of the truck and, "following a confrontation", punched Szabo, who fell back and hit his head on the concrete sidewalk. According to reports, he had left his brother's hotel room, possibly in a state of intoxication, and was banging on cars in search of an Uber ride he had ordered.

In a statement, Wake Forest said it would comment further once it gathers more information.

Szabo, of Boca Raton, was hospitalized in critical condition and died two days later, according to his employer in Florida.

His lawyer, Alain Massena, described the incident as a "tragic accident". Szabo, who was intoxicated at the time, hit his head on the pavement after the blow. "Mr. Jones and his family, their deepest condolences go out to the Szabo family".

Jones is an assistant coach at Wake Forest, the Queens District Attorney's Office confirmed.

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. He was placed on life support and later died. He was always upbeat, positive, kind and caring. "He was a really good person".

Jones, of Kernersville, North Carolina, was arraigned Thursday evening in Queens Criminal Court, and he has been charged with third-degree assault, a misdemeanor in NY, according to Massena.

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