Report: Wake Forest assistant charged in deadly New York City attack on a tourist

A Wake Forest assistant basketball coach has been charged with assault after a deadly attack on a Florida tourist in New York City, the New York Post reported Thursday.

Jamill Jones allegedly slugged Boca Raton marketing professional Sandor Szabo so hard on Sunday that he fell backward, hit his head on the concrete and lost consciousness. Szabo was on life support through Monday but died Tuesday.

Szabo, 35, reportedly was in New York for the wedding of his stepsister when he made a mistake that cost him his life.

Just after 1 a.m. Sunday morning, he called for an Uber to pick him up at the hotel where his brother was staying, but he could not find his ride. As a result, he allegedly began banging on the window of multiple cars in hopes of finding his driver.

Among the cars Szabo allegedly approached was one driven by Jones, which led to their confrontation. The Post reported that Szabo was “apparently drunk” at the time of the incident and had already punched a local resident who had come outside to see who was causing such a ruckus.

A Wake Forest spokesman did not immediately return an email from Yahoo Sports seeking comment regarding Jones’ arrest. Jones is entering his second year on Demon Deacons’ coach Danny Manning’s staff.

Prior to coming to Wake Forest, Jones coached at Central Florida, VCU and Florida Gulf Coast. The Philadelphia native is a 2008 graduate of Arkansas Tech.

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WINSTON-SALEM, NC - FEBRUARY 24: Wake Forest assistant coach Jamill Jones during the Wake Forest Demon Deacons game versus the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on February 24, 2018, at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, NC. Notre Dame won the game 76-71. (Photo by Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
WINSTON-SALEM, NC - JANUARY 23: Wake Forest head coach Danny Manning (center) with his assistants (from left) Jamill Jones, Randolph Childress, Steve Woodberry, and Justin Bauman. The Wake Forest University Demon Deacons hosted the Duke University Blue Devils on January 23, 2018 at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, NC in a Division I men's college basketball game. Duke won the game 84-70. (Photo by Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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Jeff Eisenberg is a college basketball writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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