Turns out Alex really does listen to what’s going down in your house—and may even stop a crime.
A New Mexico man has been arrested for allegedly beating his girlfriend and threatening to kill her after Amazon’s Alexa called police. According to several reports, 28-year-old Eduardo Barros was housesitting with the unidentified woman about 15 miles east of Albuquerque when a dispute turned physical.
Local station KRQE reports that the man got upset over a text message the woman received. You know how that story goes… he thought she cheated on him.
During the ordeal, the pissed-off man allegedly waved a gun and threatened to kill the woman before asking, “Did you call the sheriffs?”
The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that Barros’ question was inadvertently picked up by the voice-powered virtual assistant, which recognized the phrase as a command and called 911.
“Barros told her she was not going anywhere and he was going to kill her,” the arrest warrant affidavit states. “When 911 called her phone, Barros saw the caller ID and threw [her] to the floor. Barros then kicked her while on the ground at least 10 times in the face and stomach. Barros told [the victim] he could not believe the cops had been called and he was not going back to prison and that she knew he was a felon. [The victim] stated she thought she was going to be killed or shot.”
What’s even worse is that the woman’s younger daughter in the house at the time, too. Responding officers managed to safely remove both females from the house. The girlfriend sustained a few minor injuries and was not hospitalized. Thankfully, her daughter was not harmed.
Barros, who is in fact a convicted felon, was taken into custody after a crisis negotiation team and SWAT had to be called to the residence. He was ordered to be held without bail on charges that include possession of a firearm, aggravated battery and false imprisonment.
“The unexpected use of this new technology to contact emergency services has possibly helped save a life,” Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III told ABC News. “This amazing technology definitely helped save a mother and her child from a very violent situation.”
No word yet on whether Alexa told the guy…