A self-described "Incel" wanted to kill thousands of women and targeted sorority houses and college campuses in his plans for a mass shooting, federal prosecutors said.
Tres Genco, 21, of Hillsboro, Ohio, allegedly plotted to commit a hate crime with a mass shooting at an Ohio university. Genco was arrested by federal agents on July 21.
Genco identified as an Incel or “involuntary celibate.” Incels are an online community of men who harbor anger against women. They believe that women unjustly reject them sexually or romantically.
According to the federal indictment, Genco maintained profiles on a popular Incel website for several months and was a frequent poster.
In one post, Genco allegedly detailed spraying “some foids and couples” with orange juice in a water gun. “Foids” is an Incel term for “femoids,” referring to women.
According to the charging document, Genco compared his “extremely empowering action” to similar conduct by known Incel Elliot Rodger. In May 2014, Roger killed six people and injured 14 others, including shooting people outside a University of California, Santa Barbara sorority house.
Prior to his mass attack, Rodger shot a group of college students with orange juice from a water gun.
Authorities say Genco wrote a manifesto, stating he would “slaughter” women “out of hatred, jealousy and revenge…” and referring to death as the “great equalizer.”
Law enforcement officials allegedly discovered a note of Genco’s that indicated he hoped to “aim big” for a kill count of 3,000 people with reference to the same date of Roger’s attack.
The day he wrote his manifesto, he allegedly searched online for sororities and a university in Ohio.
In 2019, Genco allegedly purchased tactical gloves, a bulletproof vest, a hoodie bearing the word “Revenge,” cargo pants, a bowie knife, a skull facemask, two Glock 17 magazines, a 9mm Glock 17 clip and a holster clip concealed carry for a Glock.
Genco attended Army Basic Training in Georgia from Aug. through Dec. 2019. He was discharged for entry-level performance and conduct, according to federal prosecutors.
In January 2020, Genco allegedly wrote a document entitled “isolated” that he described as “the writings of the deluded and homicidal.” Police say he signed the document, “Your hopeful friend and murderer."
The charging document alleged Genco conducted surveillance at an Ohio university on Jan. 15, 2020. That same day, police say he searched online for topics including “planning a shooting crime” and “when does preparing for a crime become an attempt?”
On March 12, 2020, Highland County sheriff’s deputies responded to Genco’s residence. In the trunk of Genco’s vehicle, police allegedly found, among other things, a firearm with a bump stock attached, several loaded magazines, body armor and boxes of ammunition.
Inside the home, police officers found a modified Glock-style 9mm semiautomatic pistol, with no manufacturer’s marks or serial number, hidden in a heating vent in Genco’s bedroom.
Genco now faces federal charges of one count of attempting to commit a hate crime and one count of illegally possessing a machine gun. The hate crime charge is punishable by up to life imprisonment.