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Lollapalooza employee fakes threat of mass shooting 'to leave work early'

A security worker at the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, Illinois, wanted to leave work early, so she posted a fake post threatening mass shootings. Read more about the incident told the publication USA Today.

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Jania Williams, 18, worked for Andy Frain Services, a security company that provides security for the four-day Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago's Grant Park.

Williams was charged with making a false threat of terrorism, which is a felony.

At 14:48 pm on July 29, she used the text messaging app TextNow to text her supervisor.

“Mass shooting at 16:00 pm in the Lollapalooza area,” read the message, which claimed that the shooters had 150 targets.

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Chief Williams immediately alerted other company executives, who relayed it to the Chicago Police Department's command post. The threat was reported to both the Chicago Police Department and the FBI's Joint Counterterrorism Task Force.

Williams later said that her sister saw Facebook as a threat of a mass shooting.

Yes, she created a Facebook page under the name "Ben Scott" and wrote a Facebook post that read: "Mass shooting at Lollapalooza at 18:00 pm."

But instead of posting the threat on Facebook, Williams took a screenshot of a draft and sent it to her boss from her cell phone.

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According to court documents, an FBI task force has completed an emergency disclosure request for the TextNow phone number that Williams used to send the threat.

Through this request, they were able to connect their Apple iCloud account and IP address to Williams.

She eventually admitted that she texted and made a fake post because she "wanted to leave work early."

On July 31, she had a bail hearing with a $50 bond and observation.

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