Siri calls 911 for Athens woman during domestic violence incident


The Siri icon on an Apple iPhone

By Joe Johnson

A Siri virtual assistant software agent on a victim’s phone reportedly called 911 for the woman while she was being beaten during a domestic violence incident Friday morning.

According to an Athens-Clarke County police report, officers responded at 8:39 a.m. to a home on Hollow Ridge Drive to investigate a report of a domestic incident.

When officers went to the front door they heard yelling inside the home, and after knocking an 18-year-old resident came to the door with bruising and swelling to her right eye and holding a broken phone, according to the report.

She explained that she and 20-year-old Tyquerious Roebuck, the father of her 1-year-old son who lived with her, got into an argument over a social media post that Roebuck had seen.

The victim stated that Roebuck punched her in the face and broke her phone, but the report notes that she was able to call for help through Siri, which was still working on the damaged phone.

Tyquerious Roebuck

In addition to the injuries caused by Roebuck’s fist, the victim lifted her shirt to show officers where he bit her, according to the police report.

She said that she and him had a history of domestic violence, according to the report, and police learned that the victim had a protective order against the suspect as a special condition of bond from a previous arrest of Roebuck.

Roebuck was arrested and charged under the Family Violence Act with battery and criminal trespass/damage to property, as well as violating a family violence protective order, according to the report.

He was being held without bond at the county jail as of Friday afternoon.

Anyone who is in an abusive relationship can seek advice and services by calling Project Safe’s 24-hour hotline at (706) 543-3331, or by visiting http://www.project-safe.org.

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