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Amazon’s Alexa calls police on man allegedly beating his girlfriend in New Mexico

July 11, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Amazon’s Alexa calls police on man allegedly beating his girlfriend in New Mexico

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A man from New Mexico was taken into custody after he reportedly beat his girlfriend and threatened to kill her — after Amazon’s Alexa alerted the authorities.

Eduardo Barros, 28, grew enraged with his unnamed girlfriend while house-sitting in Tijeras, located 15 miles east of Albuquerque, and the dispute became physical on July 2nd, ABC News reported.

During the incident, Barros waved a firearm and threatened to murder the woman before he asked: “Did you call the sheriffs?”

The question was accidentally picked up by the speaker, and the voice-powered virtual assistant believed the phrase was a command — causing Alexa to dial 911, according to Deputy Felicia Romero of the Bernallillo County Sheriff’s Department.

Eduardo Barros was arrested after Amazon’s Alexa called 911

It’s not clear whether the speaker was linked to an Amazon’s Alexa Echo or Echo Dot device, but Alexa was connected to a landline in the residence.

The brutal ordeal began after Barros reportedly got angry over a text the woman received and accused her of cheating.

“Barros said she was not going anywhere and he was going to kill her,” an arrest warrant affidavit obtained by The New York Post indicated. “When 911 called her, Barros saw the caller and threw [her] to the floor. Barros kicked her on the ground at least ten times in the face and stomach. Barros said he could not believe the cops were called and he was not going to prison and that she knew he was a felon. [The victim] said she thought she was going to be killed.”

Responding authorities successfully removed the woman and her daughter from the residence. She sustained minor injuries during the attack but did not require medical assistance. The child was unharmed in the incident.

Barros, a felon, was later arrested after a crisis negotiation team and a SWAT team were dispatched to the residence. He was ordered to remain behind bars on charges that include possession of a firearm, aggravated battery, and false imprisonment.

“The unexpected use of this technology to contact emergency services has helped save a life,” Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III said to ABC News. “This amazing technology helped save a mother and her child from a very violent situation.”

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