Police in West Bloomfield, Michigan, accused Sean Samitt, 26, of filing a false report on an alleged anti-Semitic attack on him on December 15. Officers report that it was the salvation of his Apple heart rate monitor that helped prove their suspicion of a false allegation.
According to the local Fox affiliated station, Samitt was employed at the Kol Ami Temple on 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 front 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 confirmed that there had been no assault.
Samitt then admitted to having invented the attack and claimed that he had accidentally stabbed himself after losing consciousness while washing the dishes. He said he lied because of the harassment at work, although the police also say it was wrong.
The police then examined the health of the Apple and Samitt’s iPhone. He confirmed that his heart rate had not increased during the duration of the alleged attack, but that it had been shortly before. He also allegedly showed that he had not lost consciousness.
Before this evidence, Samitt would have confessed.
“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 contract with Temple Kol Ami, and saw a way out. Samitt resigned from his post on December 16, the day after the alleged attack.
Samitt was arrested on 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 on 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 function allowed a woman to automatically call 911 via her.