Police in West Bloomfield, Michigan, accused Sean Samitt, 26, of filing a false report an alleged anti-Semitic attack him December 15. Officers report that it was the salvati of his Apple heart rate mitor that helped prove their suspici of a false allegati.
According to the local Fox affiliated stati, Samitt was employed at the Kol Ami Temple Walnut Lake Road in West Bloomfield. He had taken himself to Henry Ford Hospital where he was treated for knife wounds and reported that he had been attacked. Samitt first said that a man shouting anti-Semitic comments stabbed him in the parking lot in frt of his synagogue.
However, the Detroit Free Press added that the police suspected that his injury had been self-inflicted. Using surveillance footage from a private house across the street, they cfirmed that there had been no assault.
Samitt then admitted to having invented the attack and claimed that he had accidentally stabbed himself after losing csciousness while washing the dishes. He said he lied because of the harassment at work, although the police also say it was wrg.
The police then examined the health of the Apple and Samitt’s iPhe. He cfirmed that his heart rate had not increased during the durati of the alleged attack, but that it had been shortly before. He also allegedly showed that he had not lost csciousness.
Before this evidence, Samitt would have cfessed.
“I put the knife down to see how deep it was because I wasn’t really sure, and then in the process, I probably dug it a little more,” he said to the police.
The officers report that Samitt wanted to leave his ctract with Temple Kol Ami, and saw a way out. Samitt resigned from his post December 16, the day after the alleged attack.
Samitt was arrested December 20 and arrested the same day at the 48th Oakland County District Court. Filing a false police report is a crime and punishable up to four years.
He is scheduled to return to court January 14 for preliminary hearings.
Reports of Samitt’s false claims come days after Apple foiled a real attack in Virginia Beach. Its emergency SOS functi allowed a woman to automatically call 911 via her.