Amazon’s Alexa calls 911, saves pistol-whipped woman in domestic assault, police claim in dubious report


A person accused of hitting his domestic companion in the experience with a handgun termed 911 on himself by way of Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant when he demanded of the female, “Did you call the sheriff?”

At minimum which is what police mentioned — Amazon later on explained to a news outlet that Alexa just cannot call 911.

The sufferer, her boyfriend and her youngster had been home-sitting at her parents’ New Mexico home ingesting wine when her telephone emitted a textual content concept alert, causing the person to “erupt in anger,” in accordance to an arrest warrant produced by police. Eduardo Barros, 28, allegedly swore at the female, accused her of infidelity and threatened to get rid of her if she termed police, the warrant mentioned.

At some level in the altercation, Barros reportedly created a twenty first-century slip-up: “Did you call the sheriff?” he demanded of the female, police mentioned July ten.

Alexa, police mentioned, was listening, and interpreted Barros’ problem as a command to call the cops. So Alexa termed 911, police claimed.

The domestic assault ongoing even though police had been en route, with Barros hanging his girlfriend in the experience with her 9mm pistol, in accordance to the warrant. He renewed his attack when he saw that 911 experienced termed the woman’s telephone, throwing her down and kicking her “at minimum ten instances in the experience and stomach,” police alleged.

Barros, reportedly a felon, explained to her he was not likely back to jail, and showed his determination to keep away from that destiny — he holed up inside of the home, in Tijeras, New Mexico for six several hours as a SWAT staff surrounded it, police mentioned. A police canine was finally employed to acquire him down.

The youngster was unharmed the female received facial injuries but declined health-related focus, in accordance to police.

Though police mentioned Barros experienced triggered the 911 call with his problem about contacting the sheriff, the female could be listened to throughout the 911 call screaming “Alexa, call 911!” in accordance to police.

“The unexpected use of this new technological know-how to contact unexpected emergency providers has probably assisted help you save a everyday living,” Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III mentioned in a press release. “This remarkable technological know-how undoubtedly assisted help you save a mom and her youngster from a pretty violent situation.”

It seems the finer points of the remarkable technological know-how had been lost on the sheriff’s detective who filed the warrant, describing himself as the affiant.

“Alexis which Affiant is familiar with to be a Google Wise Radio, listened to ‘call Sheriff’s,’ Det. Cameron Carroll wrote.

“Alexis the radio then termed 911.’”

The department’s grasp of technological know-how was more termed into problem when Amazon explained to Buzzfeed that Alexa just cannot call 911.

“Alexa contacting and messaging does not assistance 911 phone calls,” a corporation agent explained to the news internet site.

The words ‘call the sheriff’ would not lead Alexa to call the cops, the agent mentioned.

Barros faces costs of false imprisonment, aggravated battery with a lethal weapon on a family member, aggravated assault with a lethal weapon on a family member and staying a felon in possession of a firearm, police mentioned. None of the allegations in opposition to Barros have been confirmed in court.


Photograph: LG Electronics Vice President David VanderWaal and Amazon Echo Vice President Mike George current the LG Wise InstaView Doorway-in-Doorway Refrigerator to CES 2017 attendees at the LG Electronics press meeting on Wednesday, Jan. four, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Jack Dempsey/AP Visuals for LG Electronics)


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