College coach arrested in punching death in Queens

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Jones, 35, of Kernerville, North Carolina, was arrested Thursday.

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.

Jamill Jones has turned himself into New York City Police. He was arraigned today on a misdemeanor assault charge and released on his own recognizance after entering his plea.


Wake Forest basketball spokesman Steve Kirkland emailed a statement to The News & Observer Thursday night that said, "We have just been made aware of this matter and we are gathering information".

According to police, Jones allegedly punched Sandor Szabo in the face following a confrontation in the early morning hours Sunday that began when Szabo knocked on Jones' auto window thinking it was his Uber ride.

Jones punched the victim after he knocked on the window of Jones' vehicle. He was treated for fractures to the left side of his face and the rear of his skull, along with bleeding of the brain. He was placed on life support and later died. The Jones family sends their deepest condolences and sympathies to the Szabo family.


The New York Post cited law enforcement sources in reporting that a local resident confronted Szabo about the noise he was making, and that Szabo hit that person in the face.

Jones joined the Demon Deacons staff in May 2017 after coaching stints at Central Florida, Virginia Commonwealth and Florida Gulf Coast. The Philadelphia native is a 2008 graduate of Arkansas Tech. His family said he was in town for his brother's wedding and trying to get a ride at the time of the incident. "We are going to miss him dearly".


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