A Lollapalooza security guard is jailed on bond after being arrested for warning of a mass shooting to get out of work early, Chicago Tribune Report.
The suspect, 18-year-old Janya B. Williams is facing a serious charge of making a false claim of terrorism. She is currently being held on a $50,000 bond.
According to prosecutors, the incident happened last Friday, June 29. It started when Williams reportedly used the TextNow app just before 3 p.m. to message an employee supervising the security team, “Gang shooting at location Lollapalooza at 4 p.m. We have 150 targets.” The employee reportedly told her supervisors about the text, and the news quickly reached the Chicago Police and FBI Joint Anti-Terrorism Task Force.
Around 4:15 p.m., Williams reportedly told the employee that her sister had seen a post on Facebook about a mass shooting threat. The employee asked Williams to send a screenshot, at which point Williams allegedly created a fake profile under the name “Ben Scott” and wrote a post that read, “Lollapalooza at 6 p.m. Mass at Grant Park.” Shooting” He allegedly took a screenshot of her. Posted and sent to the employee.
When the employee sent that screenshot to her supervisor, investigators quickly pieced together the pieces, with prosecutors saying the IP address of the TextNow number and an Apple iCloud account both belonged to Williams. When Williams was brought in for questioning, prosecutors said she told police she posted the fake “because she wanted to leave work early.”
Williams was produced in Cook County Court last Sunday, July 31. He is set to return to court on Monday, August 8.