The New York Daily News and television station WPIX reported that Jamill Jones, a Wake coach since May 2017, was placed under arrest Thursday in Queens, N.Y., after he surrendered to police with his lawyer by his side. Jones was released on his own recognizance and was ordered to return to court on October 2.
Police said 35-year-old Sandor Szabo was punched in the face Sunday on 29th Street near 41st Avenue in Long Island City, Queens. The celebration turned violent after 1:00 a.m. on Sunday and that's when police said Jones punched Szabo in the face. They say the punch caused Szabo to fall and hit his head on a sidewalk.
Among the cars Szabo allegedly approached was one driven by Jones, which led to their confrontation. Jones fled the scene inside a white SUV, according to the police report.
Wake Forest released a statement.
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"It's an unfortunate and tragic incident", Jones' attorney, Alain Massena, told ESPN.
Prior to coming to Wake Forest, Jones coached at Central Florida, VCU and Florida Gulf Coast.
Head coach Danny Manning said at the time that Jones was a "well-respected bright mind" in the coaching world and brought "new blood" and "new perspectives" to Wake Forest. His family says he was visiting NY from Boca Raton, Florida, for a wedding.
According to Jones's bio at Wake Forest's sports website, he is a Philadelphia native who attended Arkansas Tech and began his basketball coaching career in Washington, D.C., with an AAU squad named Team Takeover.
His employers described him on Facebook as "super outgoing, friendly, and an incredibly smart businessman".