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A South Carolina man has been charged after a North Myrtle Beach woman died of a heart attack during a home invasion attempt in July, according to police.

Austin Thomas Jones, 40, is charged with manslaughter stemming from a July 24, 2022 incident on 20th Avenue South in North Myrtle Beach.

In July, a woman called North Myrtle Beach police saying someone was trying to break into her home.

Austin Thomas Jones is charged with manslaughter.
(J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

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Officers determined that Jones allegedly broke a window in the home and was trying to get inside.

Police stopped Jones and noted that his knuckles were bleeding and that he had less than a gram of cocaine on his person.

After the victim called 911, she went into cardiac arrest when police arrived. Police immediately called EMS and CPR was administered. Once the woman’s pulse returned, she was taken to a local hospital.

The woman died five days later, on July 28, according to police.

The North Myrtle Beach Police Department responded to the victim's home and reportedly found Jones trying to get inside.

The North Myrtle Beach Police Department responded to the victim’s home and reportedly found Jones trying to get inside.
(North Myrtle Beach Police Department)

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An autopsy report from the Medical University of South Carolina revealed that the woman went into cardiac arrest with “a contributing stress condition caused by the attempted home invasion.”

Police ruled the death a homicide and a warrant was issued for Jones’ arrest. He was arrested at his house on Wednesday.

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Public records show Jones was released from the J. Reuben Long Detention Center Friday morning on $2,500 bond.

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