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Lollapalooza security guard faces felony charges after posting about fake mass shooting to leave work early

Aug 4, 2022

A Lollapalooza security guard has been charged after sending fake mass shooting threats toward the event over the weekend.


Janya Williams, 18, is charged with terrorism and making a false threat — a class one felony.


State’s Attorney’s Office says a supervisor of the event received a text message of a mass shooting that read, “Mass shooting at 4 p.m. Location Lollapalooza we have 150 targets.”


Emergency Disclosure Request was conducted by the FBI Joint Task Force members.


The investigation revealed the number from where the message came from matched Williams who was then located and escorted to the event’s command post.


A second threat was also sent via Facebook that read, “Massive shooting at Lollapalooza grant park 6:00.” The message was also created by Williams, according to State Attorney’s Office. 

Williams admitted to police that she created and sent the threats through the TextNow app.


Detectives believe Williams made the threat herself under a fake profile named “Ben Scott.” In it, the post read “Massive shooting at Lollapalooza Grant Park 6:00 p.m.,” according to the court document.


The supervisor then contacted her supervisors and the FBI was soon involved. An analyst with the FBI was able to trace the post to back to Williams and had her location, documents allege.


Williams was taken into custody for questioning and told detectives that she created the fake post because she wanted to leave work early, the document said.


She is being held on $50,000 bail, and due back in court on Aug. 8.