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Amazon’s Alexa calls 911 to save woman being battered by her gun-toting boyfriend who threatened to kill her


Kelly Pigram
12 Jul 2019, 17:02
Updated: 12 Jul 2019, 17:03

A MAN in the US has been arrested after Amazon's Alexa called the police while he allegedly beat his girlfriend.

Convicted felon Eduardo Barros, 28, attacked his girlfriend at a house in New Mexico after he accused her of cheating on him. 

 Convicted felon Eduardo Barros was allegedly attacking his girlfriend before an Amazon Alexa device called the policeCredit: AP 

He was shouting and threatening his girlfriend with a firearm while house-sitting in the small town of Tijeras when he yelled at her: "Did you call the sheriff?"

It was this sentence that an Amazon Alexa smart speaker in the home recognised as a voice command - prompting it to call emergency services.

The New York Post reports that representatives from the Bernalillo County Sheriff Department arrived on scene shortly after the call was placed, taking the woman and her daughter to safety.

Deputy Felicia Romero, a spokesperson for the department, said the woman sustained injuries but she was not taken to hospital.

But according to the arrest warrant, she feared for her life during the violent attack.

According to the police statement, Barros was upset over a text message the woman had received - he was violently beating his girlfriend before making the accidental voice command.

The arrest warrant said: “Barros told her she was not going anywhere and he was going to kill her.

“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 her 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.”

The couple's daughter, who was in the house at the time of the attack, was not hurt.

Barros, a convicted felon, was later taken into custody after a crisis negotiation team and a SWAT team were called to the residence.

He was held without bail on charges that include possession of a firearm, aggravated battery and false imprisonment.

After the arrest, a spokesperson for the police department praised the technology for helping them to save a life.

Sheriff Manuel Gonzales said: “The unexpected use of this new technology to contact emergency services has possibly helped save a life.

“This amazing technology definitely helped save a mother and her child from a very violent situation.” 

The device was triggered by a voice command shouted by Barros during the alleged attackCredit: Alamy 

Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales praised the technology for saving the woman from further dangerCredit: Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department

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