ONE Lollapalooza Security was arrested over the weekend for allegedly sending text messages and fake Facebook posts saying a mass shooting was imminent at the festival. The 18-year-old guard is accused of making up with the threats so she wouldn’t have to work at the music festival and go home early.
ABC7 Chicago reported this week that weekend worker Janya Williams was behind bars after being accused of “sending a fake text message threatening the festival to a colleague.” The text read “Mass shooting at 4pm location Lollapalooza. We have 150 targets.” This anonymous text, sent via TextNow, set off a “chain reaction” within the Chicago Police Department and the FBI after security supervisors alerted authorities.
Williams shared another fabricated threat later. She allegedly told her boss that her sister had alerted her to another mass shooting on Facebook and produced a screenshot from a fake account Williams had created. Prosecutors say the message read “Mass shooting at Lollapalooza GrantPark at 6pm” The message was never actually posted on Facebook.
The list unraveled after authorities discovered Williams had sent the initial text, according to the Block Club Chicago. An investigation of the “Apple ICloud account and an IP address” showed that they “belonged [defendant]The prosecutor said that when Williams was called in for questioning, she admitted that she sent the message and created the fake post to leave work early.
Lollapalooza 2022 was sold out for this weekend’s showsmeaning there were about 100,000 people who could have been evacuated as Williams reportedly wanted to take some “me time.”
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