According to the latest court case of the Michigan State Police, the 26-year-old man faked the illusion of being stabbed at the West Bloomfield Synagogue where he worked and then alerted police that he had been attacked because of his Jewish faith. The most direct evidence of his perjury was the Apple Watch he wore, which he now faces a felony, following an in-depth investigation by local police.
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The man, named as Sean Samitt, was formally arrested on December 20, local time. The day before, Local Magistrate Julie Nelson-Klein announced in the Oakland County District Court for the 48th District that one of the charges was a felony in a false case, which carries a maximum penalty of four years in prison. In addition, authorities say his $7,500 fine has been paid by his mother.
Samit had previously reported that he had been attacked and stabbed in the abdomen by an unknown man in the parking lot of the Temple Of Ami in Como, where he worked as a soloist for music. He reported the crime on 15 December and told police he had been attacked at around 7pm.
Samitt said the alleged attacker shouted, “Jews! According to a police report obtained by the Freedom of Information Agency through the Freedom of Information Act, “there are too many immigrants here.” Police said they searched the parking lot for weapons, blood or any other evidence, but found no trace.
During the search for Temple Kol Ami, detectives found bloody tissue in Samitt’s office and men’s restroom. They also placed a knife in the kitchen area with blood on the tip. So the police initially suspected that the wounds may have been caused by Samitt himself. Police then obtained surveillance video from a house across the road and confirmed that no attack had taken place.
Police then consulted Samit, who said the blood was caused by losing consciousness while washing dishes at the synagogue and accidentally stabbing himself. Police then tried to find information through the mobile health app, syncing the Apple Watch he was wearing with the phone’s end, and found that the loss of consciousness in his testimony did not exist.
In the end, Samit admitted deliberately stabbing himself. He told the police that he had done so in order to withdraw from his contract with Temple Kol Ami. Cheryl Friendman, executive director of Temple Kol Ami, told police that Samitt had about 1.5 years of experience. A member of the synagogue told the Free Press: “Thain resigned on December 16th with no further information. ”
“We are very grateful to Detroit’s law enforcement for taking every hate crime seriously,” said Heidi Budaj, assistant executive director. We are fortunate to partner with west Bloomfield Police, which has taken action to ensure the safety of our communities. “