Man Accidentally Calls Cops on Himself Via Smart Home Device

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A man was arrested for allegedly beating his girlfriend and threatening to kill her – after he inadvertently ordered a smart home device to called police on himself.

Eduardo Barros, 28, became angry with his unidentified girlfriend while house sitting in Tijeras, about 15 miles east of Albuquerque, New Mexico, on July 2.

According to the Bernalillo County Sheriff Department’s spokesperson, Deputy Felicia Romero, the dispute escalated into a physical altercation. Barros allegedly wielded a firearm and threatened to kill his girlfriend, asking her,

“Did you call the sheriffs?”

A smart speaker, which was hooked up to a surround sound system inside the home, recognized that as a voice command and called 911, Romero said.

It’s unclear whether the speaker was connected to an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot device, but the Alexa virtual assistant was connected to a landline in the home, Romero said.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit obtained by the New York Post:

“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. 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.”

The woman, who received minor injuries during the incident, was safely removed from the home.

Barros, a convicted felon, was taken into custody after an hours-long standoff with a crisis negotiation team and a SWAT team. He is facing charges of possession of a firearm or destructive device by a felon, aggravated battery against a household member, aggravated assault against a household member, and false imprisonment, according to court documents obtained by ABC News.

Police said the smart device potentially played a life-saving role in the incident, reports ABC:

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

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  • Maybe he’ll be surveilled by a similar system when he is back in prison where he belongs.

  • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

    Another Giant of Mental Gymnastics displaying his prowess. Good JOB, triple-refried frijolebrains…….HOWEVER, this is mucho important-o thoughtfood for anyone toying with the idea of getting one of these equal opportunity spyware snitches. Anyone already owning one, you’re hopeless. You now have to censor yourself IN YOUR OWN HOME. Good JOB, also…..

  • mayday911us.

    I guess that’s a mistake.

  • jimmy joe

    Fucking greaser is going back home, isn’t it!! Home sweet home for the greaser.

  • NonYo Business

    See everyone? This is why we need to be monitored 24/7 cause some human trash might beat his ugly wife. Totally makes sense.

  • Jeff

    Seriously?

    “to called police on himself.”

    Seriously?

    Come on people, get on this.

  • SP_88

    What a loser. He deserves to be put in jail. He should be kept there this time. Obviously it was a mistake to let him out the first time.
    However, I do not support the idea that our homes are being filled with a bunch of little electronic tattle-tales. It happened to have a good outcome this time, but trust me, this is the exception, not the rule.
    A far more likely outcome will be people just having a normal conversation in the privacy of their own homes, and one of them will say something that one of these devices interprets as a request to call the police, and next thing you know the cops are smashing down your door and slamming people on the ground and putting them in handcuffs. These cops will abuse little old ladies, the handicapped, and anyone else they encounter with grave indifference. And no amount of trying to explain to them that they are fat, stupid pigs who were mistakenly summoned by a “smart” device will make any difference as they are twisting grandma’s bad arm behind her back so they can handcuff her “for their own protection”. And of course no matter how brutal they are, and no matter how much they destroy your property and smash up your home and wreck your stuff, none of them will be held accountable at all, and you will not be given any restitution for your property or your pain and suffering.
    The cops will claim “exigent circumstances” and you can suck it if you don’t like it.
    And furthermore, once these “smart” devices become prevalent, the police will have the ability to trigger these devices to “call the police” which will give them the ability to smash into your home any time they want. The fourth amendment will be gone. Welcome to the police state.

  • Todd Burgess

    Everybody seems to miss the point here…
    Have we all gone off into the deepend?!

  • just one more reason to NEVER EVER have one of the “SPY’ tools in your house with a live mic / cam hooked to the internet 24/7

  • billed

    Not being an American I have to comment, what is a Felon. Is it an illegal action and once committed and will also be guilty off like genital herpes follows a person for the rest of their life?

  • patriot6

    Kicked in the face 10 times and she “received minor injuries during the incident”??? Was this moron wearing shoes? I’ve been kicked, although not 10 times or in the face, and it wasn’t pretty. I’m glad she wasn’t seriously injured.