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Lollapalooza Security Guard Arrested For Posting Fake Mass Shooting Threats

In a bizarre turn of events, a security guard deployed at the Lollapalooza music festival has been arrested on the charges of making a false terrorist threat to get out of work early. She has been accused of circulating two fake mass shooting messages. 

The guard has been identified as an 18 year old girl named Janya Williams. As per prosecutors, Janya had spread the false information so she could leave work before time. Read on to know the complete details of the story.

The Guard Sent Anonymous Message About Mass Shooting to her Supervisor

The incident took place on Friday, the second day of the festival, when Janya allegedly sent an anonymous text message to her supervisor via TextNow. The message read, “Mass shooting at 4 pm location Lollapalooza. We have 150 targets.”

The supervisor got alarmed and immediately informed her supervisors. They then notified the Chicago Police command post in Grant Park. As per court documents, the FBI’s Joint Counterterrorism Task Force was also notified of the potential threat.

When Janya’s supervisor returned to work with her team, Janya told her that her sister had warned her about a mass shooting threat she found on Facebook. When she was asked to share a screenshot of the post, Williams created a Facebook page under the name ‘Ben Scott’ and wrote a post that read, “Massive shooting at Lollapalooza GrantPark 6:00 p.m.”

However, she took the screenshot of the post and sent it to her supervisor without actually posting it on Facebook. 

The FBI Tracked the Message back to Williams

Through an emergency disclosure request, the FBI and the Chicago police were able to find out that it was Williams who sent the initial anonymous threat message to her supervisor.

The official court documents read, “The Emergency Disclosure Request returned an Apple iCloud account and an IP address, the information revealed the account belonged to the [defendant].”

Williams was taken into custody Friday afternoon in the 700 block of South Columbus Drive. When questioned by the prosecutors, she admitted to sending the message and creating the post earlier in the day to leave work early.

Williams has been booked into jail and is being held on $50,000 bail. The judge has also ordered her to be kept on electronic monitoring if she’s bonded out. August 8 has been set as the date of her next hearing.

Lollapalooza 2022 was held from July 28 to 31

Lollapalooza, the four-day annual music festival, was held from last Thursday to Sunday in Grant Park, Chicago. It has been announced that the festival will stay in Chicago for the next 10 years as well.

The festival organizers came to terms with the city’s administration on a 10-year extension that will see Chicago’s Grant Park host the event through 2032, the venue where it has been happening since 2005.

This year’s festival featured some huge names, including Metallica, Lil Baby, Jazmine Sullivan, Billy Strings, Dua Lipa, Machine Gun Kelly, Big Sean, Idles, The Kid Laroi, Charli XCX and J-Hope.

Have you ever thought of a more peculiar way to get out of work early? Tell us in the comments section.

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