A Lollapalooza security guard faked a shooting threat to leave work early
A security guard working at last weekend’s Lollapalooza festival in Chicago has been charged with a felony after allegedly sending messages threatening a mass shooting. The guard allegedly sent the threats in order to leave work early.
Block Club Chicago reports that 18-year-old Janya Williams sent an anonymous text Friday, July 29 via TextNow to her supervisor that read, “Mass shooting at 4 p.m. in Lollapalooza. We have 150 targets. His supervisor relayed the message to his chain of command, which led to the Chicago Police Department and the FBI’s Joint Counterterrorism Task Force being notified of the threat. Williams also showed the supervisor a fake Facebook screenshot that also hinted at a potential mass shooting.
Chicago police and the FBI were able to determine via an emergency disclosure request the Apple iCloud account and IP address of the message sent via TextNow. This information indicated that Williams was the sender.
Block Club Chicago notes, “Prosecutors said that when Williams was questioned, she admitted to sending the message and creating the fake message in order to leave work early.”
Williams was charged with one count of making a terrorist threat. Her bond has been set at $50,000 and must wear a restraint if taken out of custody. A hearing on this incident has been set for August 8.
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