A 19-year-old Chicago man has been arrested after allegedly stealing Lollapalooza tickets from two Niles residents, police announced.
Rhaquen Freeman was arrested on Thursday after being accused of stealing a total of six Lollapalooza passes from two different individuals, who were trying to sell the tickets through a Facebook group.
On July 31, a Highland Park woman met with Freeman to sell four passes and tickets to the festival, Niles police said in a press release. As the woman was explaining how the passes worked, Freeman allegedly swiped them from her hand and jumped into an SUV.
The woman then followed the SUV, calling police with the license plate number. Officers were unable to apprehend the suspect, but they did get his name from the instant messages that he sent the victim before the alleged theft took place.
The next day, Freeman allegedly met with a boy to buy his pair of Lollapalooza tickets. The man stole the tickets from the victim’s hand and drove off, according to police.
Police arrested Freeman on Thursday and charged him with a count of felony theft, according to a release. The charge carries a sentence of two to five years if he is convicted.
Freeman’s next court date is scheduled for Aug. 22.