Amazon Alexa calls 911 after hearing man allegedly beating girlfriend
A 28-year-old man from New Mexico was arrested for beating his girlfriend after one of their Amazon devices called the police, the New York Post reports.
At the time of the heated confrontation, Eduardo Barros was with both his girlfriend and their daughter at their home in Tijeras, a village in New Mexico's Bernalillo County.
The incident which occurred on July 2 began when the couple got into an argument that quickly escalated into a physical confrontation, according to the Bernalillo County Sheriff Department's spokesperson, Deputy Felicia Romero.
It is alleged that Barros, a convicted felon, became enraged after seeing a text message sent to his unidentified girlfriend's phone which led him to believe she was being unfaithful.
Allegedly armed with a firearm, he proceeded to threaten his girlfriend, before asking her: "Did you call the sheriffs?"
A smart speaker, connected to a sound system in the house, recognized this as a voice command and rang the police, Romero told the New York Post. As a result, deputies soon arrived at the residence, taking the woman and her daughter.
According to police, the woman sustained some injuries during the encounter but was not taken to the hospital and her daughter was unharmed.
An arrest warrant affidavit seen by the Post stated:
"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. Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales said the technology potentially saved lives Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales said the technology potentially saved lives."
After a crisis negotiation team and a SWAT team arrived at the residence, Barros was taken into custody.
"This amazing technology definitely helped save a mother and her child from a very violent situation," Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III told ABC News.
The suspect is facing charges of possession of a firearm or destructive device by a felon. Furthermore, he faces charges of aggravated battery against a household member, false imprisonment and aggravated assault against a household member.