A man from Tijeras, New Mexico was arrested for allegedly abusing and beating his partner after Alexa, an intelligent voice-powered personal assistant developed by Amazon, called the cops. This is believed to be the first time the device performs such a task.
28-year-old Eduardo Barros was at home with his girlfriend when he became enraged with jealousy over a text message she received. The confrontation escalated to the point that Barros started waving a gun at the victim, threatening her life and asking her if she had called the sheriffs.
The virtual assistant picked up Barros’ question as a prompt and immediately called 911. The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department confirmed this via a statement published on their Facebook page. In the arrest warrant, it was detailed that Barros did, in fact, threaten to kill the victim.
“When 911 called her phone, Barros saw the caller ID and threw [her] to the floor,” according to the arrest warrant affidavit obtained by the New York Post, “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.”