Eduardo Barros, 28, became angered with his girlfriend while house-sitting in Tijeras, about 15 miles east of Albuquerque, and the dispute suddenly turned physical on July 2, authorities said.
According to the criminal complaint, 28-year-old Eduardo Barros and his girlfriend were house-sitting a home in Tijeras over the weekend.
Deputies say when the woman got a text message, Barros became angry, accusing her of cheating on him. That’s when Barros allegedly hit and kicked her.
During the assault, Barros waved a gun and threatened to kill the woman before he allegedly asked: “Did you call the sheriffs?”
The question was inadvertently picked up by the smart speaker and the voice-powered virtual assistant recognized the phrase as a command, prompting it to call 911.
Bernallillo County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that the Alexa virtual assistant was connected to a landline in the home.
The sheriff’s office claims a smart home device heard Barros say those words and took it as “call the sheriff’s.” Deputies responded and Barros was taken into custody after a SWAT situation.
He is facing several charges including aggravated battery and being a felon with a gun.
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As the violent ordeal unfolded, KRQE reported, “Barros told [the victim] she was not going anywhere and he was going to kill her.”
According to an arrest warrant affidavit: “When 911 called her phone, Barros saw the called ID and threw [her] to the floor. Barros then kicked her while on the ground at least ten 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 had 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 was 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.”