Wake Forest basketball assistant charged in fatal assault

Jamill Jones turned himself in to police Thursday in connection with the death of a 35-year old man in New York

Wake Forest assistant basketball coach Jamill Jones has been charged with assault in New York (Jeremy Brevard/USA TODAY Sports)

Wake Forest assistant coach Jamill Jones has been arrested and charged with third-degree assault following a fatal punch he allegedly threw at a Florida man visiting New York, according to multiple reports.

Jones reportedly turned himself in to police Thursday afternoon and could have the charges against him upgraded as police continue to investigate.

Jones allegedly punched 35-year-old Sandor Szabo in the face early Sunday morning after Szabo knocked on Jones’ car window thinking it was his Uber ride, according to police. As a result of the punch, Szabo’s head hit the pavement, and he lost consciousness. Brought to a local hospital in critical condition, Szabo, who was in town for his stepsister’s wedding, died Tuesday afternoon.

According to the New York Post, Szabo had punched a local resident in the face who had confronted him about the noise he was making banging on cars prior to Jones allegedly punching Szabo.

Police released surveillance video Sunday that showed Szabo’s assaulter walking away from the scene.

Medical examiners are working to determine if the punch led to Szabo’s death.

Jones, 35, is entering his second season on head coach Danny Manning’s staff.

“We have just been made aware of this matter and we are gathering information,” a Wake Forest spokesman said. “We will make a further statement after we learn more about the matter.”