Alexa can be very sassy and stubborn when she wants, but in this instance she was able to save two lives after a man was beating on girlfriend. The man asked the girl if she contacted 911 during an argument , which led Alexa to pick up the phrase as a command.
Alexa’s out here saving lives while Siri can’t distinguish my S and F sounds.
Eduardo Barros, 28, was with his girlfriend and her daughter at a residence in Tijeras, outside of Albuquerque, on July 2.
The pair got into an argument and the confrontation became physical, according to the Bernalillo County Sheriff Department’s spokesperson, Deputy Felicia Romero.
It is understood Barros allegedly became angered because of a text message that the woman received and he accused her of cheating on him.
He was allegedly in possession of a firearm and threatened to kill his unidentified girlfriend, saying to her, ‘Did you call the sheriffs?’
A smart speaker, which was connected to a surround sound system inside the house, recognized the comment as a voice command and called 911, Romero told the New York Post.
Deputies later arrived at the house and took the woman and her daughter to safety.
The woman sustained injuries during the incident but was not taken to a hospital and her daughter was not hurt, police said.
The New York Post reported that it was uncertain whether the speaker was connected to an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot device, however the Alexa virtual assistant was hooked up to a landline in the home, according to Romero.
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.’
Barros, a convicted felon, was later taken into custody following a stand-off after a crisis negotiation team and a SWAT team arrived at the property.
Police claimed that the smart device could have potentially saved lives during the violent incident.
‘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.
He is also facing charges of aggravated battery against a household member, false imprisonment and aggravated assault against a household member.