While many hilarious stories about Amazon’s ‘Alexa‘ have surfaced since the device’s initial release ranging from the smart speaker system accidentally ordering items such as cookies and dollhouses, the following story is no laughing matter.
According to Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III, the ‘amazing technology‘ is being credited with saving the lives of a woman and her child after an argument with her boyfriend turned violent.
As reported by Fox News, accused abuser 28-year-old Eduardo Barros is being held without bond in a New Mexico jail after the handy gadget called police during the domestic dispute.
What happened exactly?
On July 2, Barros allegedly had become angered over a text message his girlfriend received while housesitting in Tijeras, N.M. and believed that she was cheating on him. After confronting her, Barros allegedly began beating his girlfriend and threatening to kill her with a firearm.
During the fit of rage Barros made the
critical life-saving error of asking his victim if she had called the ‘sheriffs,‘ and while she had not, Alexa was more than happy to oblige his unintentional request.
“Barros told her she was not going anywhere and he was going to kill her,” according to an arrest warrant affidavit obtained by The Post. “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.”
Responding deputies managed to remove the woman and her unidentified daughter from the home. She received minor injuries during the incident, but was not hospitalized. Her daughter was not harmed, Romero told ABC News.
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 ordered held without bail on charges that include possession of a firearm, aggravated battery and false imprisonment.
“The unexpected use of this new technology to contact emergency services has possibly helped save a life,” Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III told ABC News. “This amazing technology definitely helped save a mother and her child from a very violent situation.”
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