An 18-year-old security guard at Chicago’s Lollapalooza festival has been arrested and charged with sending a fake gun threat to event staff – to get out of work.
Janya Williams, who was hired to work the weekend of the event, is said to have used the TextNow platform to send an anonymous message on July 29, which read: “Mass shooting at 4pm Lollapalooza. We have 150 targets .”
She is also accused of creating a fake Facebook profile to create another fake message that read: “Mass shooting at Lollapalooza GrantPark at 6pm” While she did not post the note, she took a screenshot and sent it to her supervisor , allegedly hoping to heighten the urgency of the initial message.
NBCChicago reported that event organizers alerted local police and the FBI. Investigators said they traced Williams through the IP address used to send the text message and arrested her. Under questioning, Williams allegedly admitted to creating the fake messages “because she wanted to leave work early.”
She was charged with falsely making a terroristic threat, a Class 1 felony that carries a prison term of between four and 15 years. Bail was set at $50,000 and Williams is expected to appear in court again on Monday (August 8).
This year’s Lollapalooza had a daily capacity of 100,000 people, although some days did not sell out. Metallica the headline on July 28 with Dua Lipa on the day of Williams’ alleged crime, J. Cole on July 30 and Green Day closes on July 31.
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