After being detained for allegedly fabricating a mass shooting alert in order to leave work early, a Lollapalooza security guard is still being held in custody on bond, according to The Chicago Tribune.
The suspect, 18-year-old Janya B. Williams, is accused of committing a felony by making a false claim of support for terrorism. She’s being jailed right now on a $50,000 bond.
Prosecutors claim that the event occurred last Friday, June 29. Just before 3 p.m., Williams allegedly sent a message using the TextNow app to a worker in charge of the security team: “Mass shooting at Lollapalooza at 4 p.m.” There are 150 goals. According to reports, the employee informed her managers about the communication, and word rapidly spread to the Chicago police and FBI Joint Counterterrorism Task Force.
Williams reportedly informed the employee that her sister had seen a Facebook post regarding a threat of a mass massacre at roughly 4:15 p.m. Williams allegedly created a false profile under the name Ben Scott and posted a message that said, Massive shooting at Lollapalooza Grant Park 6 p.m. when the staff member asked Williams to send a screenshot. She allegedly provided the employee a screenshot of the post.
Investigators swiftly pieced the puzzle together after the employee emailed her manager that screenshot, and prosecutors claimed that Williams’ IP address was associated with both the TextNow number and an Apple iCloud account. Prosecutors claim that Williams admitted to the police that she created the phony post in order to leave work early when she was brought in for questioning.
On Sunday, July 31, Williams was charged in Cook County court. She will be back in court on Monday, August 8.