Wake Forest assistant basketball coach charged with assaulting tourist

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A witness told PIX11 he worked with Jones to prop Szabo - who was unconscious and choking on his own blood - up against a vehicle, before the coach fled the scene.

The death of a Florida man who police say was punched in the face while visiting New York City for a wedding was ruled a homicide caused by blunt impact to his head, the city's medical examiner's office said Friday. Szabo's brother said he thought Szabo may have mistaken an SUV for a cab, according to the New York Daily News. A local resident heard the ruckus and came out of his home to confront Szabo, who then punched that person in the face, according to the sources. Police say Jones drove away from the scene, and Szabo was transported to a hospital, where on Tuesday he died from his injuries.

Jones punched the victim after he knocked on the window of Jones' auto.

Wake Forest basketball is dealing with a major situation right now. "We will make a further statement after we learn more about the matter". "Mr. Jones and his family, their deepest condolences go out to the Szabo family".

Jones, 35, has been charged with misdemeanor and third degree assault after a Florida tourist, also in New York City, mistook Jones for an Uber driver.

The investigation is ongoing, and charges against Jones could be upgraded, police said.

Jones, a Philadelphia native, previously coached at Central Florida, Virginia Commonwealth and Florida Gulf Coast. We're going to say one thing and that's all.

His employers described him on Facebook as "super outgoing, friendly, and an incredibly smart businessman".

"He was always upbeat, positive, kind and caring", the post continued.

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