Sean Samitt

Apple Watch helps police detect suspect was lying [atualizado: errata!]

We have already commented on several cases where Apple Watch was considered the “lifesaver” of history, but this time the situation was a little different: the gadget “Proved” that a person in the United States was lying in his testimony to the police, contributing to his being sued for false testimony.

The case occurred in West Bloomfield, Michigan, where Sean Samitt, 26, said he was stabbed outside a synagogue, according to information from the Detroit Free Press.

Sean Samitt

Sean Samitt

Samitt, who worked at the Jewish temple, told the police that he had been attacked by someone “shouting anti-Semitic insults”; the officers, however, suspected the “victim’s” testimony after collecting images from the site’s security cameras (and finding that there was no attack).

The police then considered that the injuries could have been self-inflicted, but the “confirmation” came with the collection of some health data from Samitt’s Apple Watch (recorded on the iPhone) – which showed that his heart rate did not increase during the alleged attack, but just before he stabbed himself.

Samitt then admitted to stabbing himself “accidentally” after losing consciousness while doing the dishes, but the data collected by Apple Watch on the same day indicates that he was also not unconscious. He said he lied because of harassment in the workplace, although police say that would also be false.

Samitt was arrested on December 20 and charged with false testimony, for which he could be tried and sentenced to up to four years in prison.

That is, don’t commit crimes – especially if you have an Apple Watch.


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Update Feb 09, 2020 at 11:02 am

An old version of this story indicated that the Apple Watch of the investigated, Sean Samitt, would have gauged the blood oxygenation level and that these data would have been used to prove that the defendant lied in his testimony to the police. However, Watch is not able to perform such a function (that of an oximeter), so the above text has been updated with the correct information.

By mistake, the MacMagazine apologizes to all readers.