Amazon Alexa home assistant calls 911, saves pistol-whipped woman in domestic assault: police


A man accused of hitting his domestic partner in the deal with with a handgun apparently referred to as 911 on himself via Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant when he demanded of the girl, “Did you call the sheriff?”

The target, her boyfriend and her little one were residence-sitting at her parents’ New Mexico dwelling consuming wine when her cellular phone emitted a textual content information alert, causing the man to “erupt in anger,” according to an arrest warrant launched by law enforcement. Eduardo Barros, 28, allegedly swore at the girl, accused her of infidelity and threatened to destroy her if she referred to as law enforcement, the warrant reported.

At some position in the altercation, Barros reportedly built a 21st-Century blunder: “Did you call the sheriff?” he demanded of the girl, police reported July ten.

Alexa, law enforcement reported, was listening, and interpreted Barros’ concern as a command to call the cops. So Alexa referred to as 911.

The domestic assault continued whilst law enforcement were en route, with Barros striking his girlfriend in the deal with with her 9mm pistol, according to the warrant. He renewed his attack when he observed that 911 had referred to as the woman’s cellular phone, throwing her down and kicking her “at the very least ten instances in the deal with and belly,” law enforcement alleged.

Barros, reportedly a felon, instructed her he was not going back to jail, and confirmed his willpower to keep away from that destiny — he holed up inside the dwelling, in Tijeras, New Mexico for 6 several hours as a SWAT team surrounded it, law enforcement reported. A law enforcement canine was at some point used to just take him down.

The little one was unharmed the girl obtained facial injuries but declined health-related interest, according to law enforcement.

Although law enforcement reported Barros had triggered the 911 call with his concern about calling the sheriff, the girl could be listened to through the 911 call screaming “Alexa, call 911!” according to law enforcement.

“The surprising use of this new technology to call emergency products and services has possibly aided help you save a lifetime,” Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III reported in a push release. “This amazing technology certainly aided help you save a mother and her little one from a quite violent problem.”

It seems the finer details of the amazing technology were lost on the sheriff’s detective who submitted the warrant, describing himself as the affiant.

“Alexis which Affiant knows to be a Google Smart Radio, listened to ‘call Sheriff’s,’ Det. Cameron Carroll wrote.

“Alexis the radio then referred to as 911.’”

Barros faces costs of bogus imprisonment, aggravated battery with a fatal weapon on a household member, aggravated assault with a fatal weapon on a household member and remaining a felon in possession of a firearm, law enforcement reported. None of the allegations in opposition to Barros have been verified in court.

This was not the initially circumstance of an Amazon virtual-assistance unit enjoying a role in an alleged crime. Amazon in March, following objecting to authorities’ needs for information from an Echo unit that could have overheard the prelude to a murder, gave up the information following the accused gave his assent, according to TechCrunch.


Image: LG Electronics’ vice president David VanderWaal and Amazon Echo vice-president Mike George present the LG Smart InstaView Door-in-Door Fridge to CES 2017 attendees at the LG Electronics push conference on Wednesday, Jan. four, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Jack Dempsey/AP Photographs for LG Electronics)


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