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Man Behind North Coast Music Festival Threat In Police Custody, Officials Say

The person suspected of making the threats is now banned from purchasing a ticket or entering North Coast, according to organizers.

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This story has been updated with arrest information.

BRIDGEVIEW — A man who allegedly threatened to shoot up the North Coast Music Festival is in police custody and there is no longer a threat to the festival, officials said Wednesday.

Organizers of the festival, which features electronic, hip hop and rock acts, posted to social media Tuesday saying someone had made a threat against individuals and artists participating in the festival, which is slated for Sept. 2-4, at SeatGeek Stadium, 7000 S. Harlem Ave., in suburban Bridgeview.

The man who police said was behind the threatening social media post, 28-year-old Daniel Susma, was arrested on Tuesday for unrelated counts of aggravated battery and domestic battery, according to the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office website.

An Algonquin Police Department spokesman confirmed Susma made the post, and said there is no longer an active threat against the festival.

In a statement, North Coast said Susma will not be allowed to purchase a ticket or enter the festival, which is also beefing up security this year.

“Unfortunately, this has become common place in this day and age. NCMF takes any threat very seriously,” the festival said in its statement. “Both NCMF and law enforcement will continue to closely monitor the situation.”

The statement was tweeted in response to Facebook screenshots from an individual, laden with racial slurs, violent insinuations and a description of a shooting at North Coast.

The threats come after a mass shooting in suburban Highland Park at the town’s Fourth of July parade, where a gunman killed seven people and injured over 40.

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