Apple Watch heart monitor provides evidence in dramatic stabbing case

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A Michigan man demonstrates why you should take off your Apple Watch before committing a crime. Even when you’re faking one.

Sean Sammit claims he was attacked outside the synagogue where he works, but the heart rate monitor in his wearable shows something different.

The telltale Apple Watch

An Apple Watch continuously records the wearer’s heart rate as long as its on their wrist. And police say they used this data to help show Sammit faked being attacked, according to Daily Mail.

The man reported being stabbed by someone yelling anti-Semitic insults on Dec. 15. But police couldn’t find any evidence of this. And they did find bloody tissues and a knife inside the synagogue.

When they checked his Watch, they found that his heart rate was normal at the time he claimed he was being assaulted. However, his heart was beating much faster before the time he said he was attacked.

He then changed his story to claim he’d lost consciousness while doing dishes and accidentally stabbed himself, according to The Jewish News. Police noted that his Apple Watch heart monitor didn’t indicate a loss of consciousness.

So Sammit admitted he’d faked the whole thing in an attempt to get out of his work contract with the synagogue. He’s been charged with filing a false police report, and resigned from his job.