Amazon Alexa Dials 911 When Abusive Boyfriend Threatens To Kill His Girlfriend

Amazon Echo Dot is lit up, as Alexa is alerted
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Over the years, Amazon's Alexa device has been blamed for a lot of things. (Who can forget when she started creepily laughing at people last year out of nowhere?) But this week, she's making headlines for all the right reasons, after she helped put an alleged abusive boyfriend behind bars for violent threats he is accused of making against his girlfriend.

  • According to the New York Post, 28-year-old Eduardo Barros became angered by his girlfriend while the two were house-sitting on July 2.

    It reportedly started when Barros saw his girlfriend receive a text message from another man, which led him to accuse her of cheating. The verbal argument allegedly escalated until the New Mexico couple engaged in a physical altercation. It was at that point Barros is said to have waved a gun in the air and threatened to kill his unidentified girlfriend.

    But apparently, Alexa was having none of it.

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  • The whole scenario could have gotten much worse, had Barros not said a few trigger words that caused Alexa to perk up.

    After allegedly threatening to kill his girlfriend, Barros supposedly asked, “Did you call the sheriffs?” 

    BINGO. Those five little words were apparently all it took for Alexa to ring the local police. 

    Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Felicia Romero told the Post that the device instantly recognized the question as a command, and before he knew it, cops were at the door.

  • An arrest warrant affidavit obtained by the Post details the harrowing moments the girlfriend says she endured before police arrested Barros.

    According to the affidavit:

    "Barros told her she was not going anywhere and he was going to kill her. 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."

    Apparently, his anger only grew because he'd been in prison before and didn't want to return:
    "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.”
  • Making the situation even more terrifying was that his girlfriend's young daughter was in the home at the time.

    Luckily, her daughter was unharmed, and according to ABC News, the woman only sustained minor cuts, so she did not need to be taken to the hospital. Both were quickly escorted out of the home as soon as cops arrived, but Barros was not about to surrender to police without a fight.

  • SWAT team officials and crisis negotiators were soon called to the home in an effort to coax the man out.

    It would not be easy, though. After an hours-long standoff, Barros was eventually put in handcuffs and taken into custody.

    And to think, it was all thanks to Alexa!

    “The unexpected use of this new technology to contact emergency services has possibly helped save a life," said Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III in a statement to ABC News. "This amazing technology definitely helped save a mother and her child from a very violent situation."

    The moral of this story? The next time you get annoyed at Alexa for interrupting a convo because she thinks you're talking to her, maybe let it slide. After all, she might save your life one day.