Jamill Jones, a Wake Forest basketball coach, was arrested in Queens on Thursday in connection with the death of a Boca Raton man last weekend. Jones is accused of punching Sandor Szabo so hard in the face that he killed the man, after Szabo was knocking on car windows looking for his cab.
According to the New York Post, Jones surrendered at the 114th Precinct station house in Astoria on Thursday morning along with his lawyer and was awaiting arraignment at Queen Criminal Court. Jones faces a misdemeanor assault charge, according to New York Daily News. That charge may change once the medical examiner determines cause of death.
Here’s what you need to know about Jones:
1. After Allegedly Punching Szabo in the Face, Jones is Accused of Fleeing the Scene in a White SUV
Szabo had left his step-sister’s wedding early Sunday morning and was knocking on the windows of nearby cars to look for a cab he had called. He knocked on the window of a white SUV in Long Island City and Jones allegedly got out of the vehicle, approached Szabo, and punched him in the face, knocking him to the pavement.
Jones then got back in his white SUV and drove off, leaving Szabo to bleed on the sidewalk until a 17-year-old witness and another bystander found him and propped him up against another vehicle, according to PEOPLE.
“Me and the man, we picked him up and leaned him against a car so he would stop choking on his blood until the ambulance came,” the teen said.
Szabo was taken to the hospital in critical condition and died from his injuries on Tuesday, according to police. The medical examiner hasn’t revealed whether Jones’ punch led to Szabo’s death, as of Thursday, according to the New York Post. Law enforcement sources said the charges against Jones could be upgraded depending on the findings.
2. Jones Has a Long History of Collegiate Coaching & Coached for Several Colleges, Including UCF, VCU & Florida Gulf Coast
Wake Forest men’s assistant basketball coach Jamill Jones has been arrested and charged with assault after allegedly punching a man who later died in NYC.https://t.co/kD0OkosKYk @WFMY pic.twitter.com/2zaXxViqvT
— Patrick Wright (@ptwright) August 9, 2018
The 35-year-old assistant coach was hired by Wake Forest in 2017, according to his bio on the Wake Forest site. He was in his second season of coaching for the team. He was previously an assistant coach at University of Coastal Florida, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Florida Gulf Coast.
“Before joining the Wake Forest program, Jones coached squads that each won at least 22 games and made a postseason appearance,” his Wake Forest bio reads. “Those teams won a pair of league regular season titles, made one appearance in the NCAA Tournament, two appearances in the NIT and one appearance in the CIT.”
While coaching at UCF, Jones helped develop Tacko Fall, who was named the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year and was a finalist for the Kareem …read more