Wake Forest coach could face murder charges in tourist attack

Wake Forest coach could face murder charges in tourist attack

A homicide investigation is underway after a Wake Forest University basketball coach punched a Florida tourist, who later died, Thursday in NY, according to WPIX.

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. He died Tuesday at the hospital.

The man exited a white SUV and punched Szabo, leaving him bleeding on the ground, police said.

The Queens DA's Office didn't immediately comment on whether it will charge Jones, an assistant to head coach Danny Manning, with murder.

It's unclear why Jones was in New York City over the weekend. He was released on his own recognizance and will return to court on October 2.




Jones then slugged the 35-year-old Szabo in the head causing him to fall to the ground and hit his head on the pavement.

Jones allegedly punched Sabor Szabo in the face at 1:15 a.m. ET on Sunday morning after a confrontation. He began moving through the college ranks in 2013 at Florida Gulf Coast, before stints at VCU and Central Florida. The Philadelphia native graduated from Arkansas Tech in 2008.

Szabo, visiting from Boca Raton, Florida, banged on the window of Jones' SUV while looking for his ride after his stepsister's wedding, police said. "Sandor was super outgoing, friendly, and an incredibly smart businessman", his company, What If Media, said in a Facebook post Wednesday.

"We have just been made aware of this matter and we are gathering information", Wake Forrest said in a statement to USA TODAY Sports. "He was a really good person".

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